Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi

I absolutely loved this story about three Nigerian women who "must address the wounds of the past if they are to reconcile and move forward." The story is narrated by each of the women, alternately. Kambirinachi Kambirinachi believes she is an Ogbanje--"a spirit that plagues a family with grief by dying repeatedly in childhood and … Continue reading Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi

Linked Story Collections: Paul Carlucci and Martine Desjardins

The High-Rise in Fort Fierce by Paul Carlucci (Goose Lane Editions) I feel like I read this book ages ago now - I better hurry up and write about it before I forget why I loved it so much. Obvious reasons: The High-Rise in Fort Fierce is made up of interconnecting stories about residents of … Continue reading Linked Story Collections: Paul Carlucci and Martine Desjardins

Madame Victoria by Catherine Leroux, translated by Lazer Lederhendler

This is the second book by Catherine Leroux I've read. The first was The Party Wall, which the Shadow Giller jury (of which I am one) chose as their 2016 winner. In both cases I have found that Leroux's books are not just well-written stories (although they are that, too)... they are also cleverly imagined … Continue reading Madame Victoria by Catherine Leroux, translated by Lazer Lederhendler

Summer Reading: ‘The Naturalist’ and ‘The Mystics of Mile End’

  The Naturalist by Alissa York Any woman might marvel at a feather, but it takes a special turn of mind to appreciate a scale. [Walter Ash] I was so excited about The Naturalist when I saw it was coming out. I mean, it has a turtle on the cover! Two years ago, her last … Continue reading Summer Reading: ‘The Naturalist’ and ‘The Mystics of Mile End’