“They are stripping from me, she said subvocally — feeling like a fluttering curtain in a very high window, moving up then out over the abyss — they are stripping away, one by one, my men.” Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49 Both Franny and Zooey and The Crying of Lot 49 have beenContinue reading “Postwar Classics”
“He knew that it was just that he was a man with bits of himself broken. That’s all it fucking was.” -Sebastian Barry, A Long Long Way My goal for my time at home is to get through as many of the unread books in my room as possible. I decided to start with threeContinue reading “Borrowed Books”
“No Aussie saw this line, which followed Danny around the world; but anyone who grew up in Sri Lanka in the 1990s knows this black line, what it loudly commands of one, what it quietly permits.” -Aravind Adiga, Amnesty Amnesty by Aravind Adiga is the second (and last!) proof I snagged from the bookstore beforeContinue reading “Seeking Amnesty”
“To her husband she was understanding, even affectionate, though they slept as if there were an agreement between them; not so much as a foot ever touched. There was an agreement, it was marriage.” -James Salter, Light Years I read Light Years by James Salter and Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue for my writingContinue reading “Struggling Marriages”
“The stories were of people and whanaungatanga, of the plaiting that gives strength to the basket, the weaving that gives the basket beauty, and of koha that makes the basket full.” -Patricia Grace, Potiki I grew up in the United States, and our education in Native American culture was pathetic at best. What happened toContinue reading “Indigenous Stories”
Faith was one of those people, Greer had started to see, who was seductive to almost everyone. -Meg Wolitzer, The Female Persuasion I read The Female Persuasion out of curiosity. It’s been on a table in the bookstore for a while, and I wanted to know if it was worth recommending. I don’t think itContinue reading “The Female Persuasion”
“Let me tell you about when I was a girl, our grandfather says.” -Ali Smith, Girl Meets Boy Ali Smith and Christopher Isherwood are both classic queer writers. I know I never stop talking about Smith, and I read Isherwood’s Berlin Novels for the first time last year. They were fantastic, very funny and, byContinue reading “Queer Stories”
I almost never read nonfiction, partially because I write fiction and I want to learn more about the craft, and partially because I assume it won’t be interesting. That’s not true, of course.
I like to try books that people recommend to me because I’d never pick them out myself. These two were recommended by one of my managers at the bookstore. I’d never heard of Claire Messud, and I’d heard of Alan Hollinghurst, but he wasn’t high up on my list of authors to try.