Southernmost by Silas House

What’s it about? Southernmost is about a preacher from a small Tennessee town named Asher Sharp. After a flood devastates his parish, Asher tries to help everybody he can. This includes a gay couple, who have recently moved into the area. The church, including Asher’s own wife, cannot accept a gay couple into their community … Continue reading Southernmost by Silas House

Circe by Madeline Miller

What’s it about? “In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child--not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power--the power of witchcraft, … Continue reading Circe by Madeline Miller

This Way to Departures by Linda Mannheim

This Way to Departures is a short story collection published in 2019 by Influx Press. It didn’t receive an awful lot of publicity, but I came upon it after reading a very short review of the book in a newspaper. It sounded interesting so I thought it was worth punt. The first thing I need … Continue reading This Way to Departures by Linda Mannheim

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

“My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist.” So starts Silver Sparrow. A complicated, elaborate tale of marriage, lies, deceit and the effect it has had on the two teenagers caught in the middle of it all. I adored Silver Sparrow. Tayari Jones writes with an empathy and an understanding unlike many other writers. This was … Continue reading Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

The Strange Bird and Dead Astronauts by Jeff Vandermeer

I’ve decided to do something a bit different for this week’s blog. It is going to do two reviews in one as I review two books written by Jeff Vandermeer before bringing both together. Through reading the Southern Reach trilogy, Borne and now these two books, Jeff Vandermeer has become possibly my favourite modern author … Continue reading The Strange Bird and Dead Astronauts by Jeff Vandermeer

Pine by Francine Toon

Pine, Francine Toon’s debut novel, feels like the perfect book for the stormy February we have endured. I read the book over the weekend in which Storm Ciara struck the UK and it completely and utterly absorbed my attention. The novel tells the story of Lauren, a young girl living in the Scottish Highlands with … Continue reading Pine by Francine Toon

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummings

“American Dirt” is arguably the most controversial book of the year and it is only February. It tells the story of a middle-class bookshop owner in Mexico, who must go on the run with her child after 16 members of her family are gunned down due to an article published about the local cartel by … Continue reading American Dirt by Jeanine Cummings

Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Such A Fun Age tells the story of a young black woman named Emira, who works as a babysitter for Alix, a feminist blogger. After an incident in Alix’s house, Emira is called and begged to occupy Alix’s daughter, Briar, while the police come to deal with the situation. Despite being out for her friend’s … Continue reading Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson was originally published in 2015. It is a genre-shifting, brutally honest memoir about love, motherhood, loss, art, gender and its fluidity. I found The Argonauts an intimidating book to begin reading. I had heard a lot about it, despite not knowing much about Maggie Nelson or her husband Harry Dodge. … Continue reading The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson