The Sultan of Simile: Haruki Murakami

I recently finished Haruki Murakami’s wondrous novel 1Q84 and usually like to write reviews of novels I read but this is one of those books you’ve got to read to believe. Half the fun of the book is in watching the plot unfold so I’d hate to spoil any of it for a potential reader.Continue reading “The Sultan of Simile: Haruki Murakami”

Review: You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine

  I’ll start my review of Alexandra Kleeman’s You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine with the highest praise I can think of for any book: the storytelling reminds me of Kurt Vonnegut’s. The same horror at conformity and conventional wisdom screams from every page, in a sweet and thoughtful way. And there areContinue reading “Review: You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine”

Review: The Unfortunates by Sophie McManus

The Unfortunatesby Sophie McManus is a stunningly self-assured debut that rewards its readers with a highly polished gem of a book. This contemporary novel, told over the course of one year, assumes the qualities of a novel of epic scope through its author’s skillful telling. The emotional heart of The Unfortunates is the character Iris,Continue reading “Review: The Unfortunates by Sophie McManus”

Wildwood Sketch Pad

“The beach is a place where a man can feel He’s the only soul in the world that’s real.”  – Pete Townshend I spent last week on the beach in Wildwood, NJ, a place I’ve gone for vacation since before I can remember. Even more than the beauty and fun of a week at theContinue reading “Wildwood Sketch Pad”

Lost and Found

Hot off the presses (and computer screen) comes my contemporary novel of love Lost and Found. “It was a nightmare. It had to be. What else could it be? Alan’s body was broken and bloody. The bones that hadn’t been ripped from his skeleton were snapped like twigs. Something large, machine or animal, had attackedContinue reading “Lost and Found”