Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera

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Rating: 4/5
Cultural: Sri Lanka

It’s incredible when a book can seize you in its grasp and tell a story that’s searingly painful, yet intimate & beautiful all at once. At its heart the novel follows the fates of two families at opposite sides of a war torn Sri Lanka. The brutal and long civil wars between Tamils and Sinhalese in Sri Lanka did actually happen, but this novel is a fictional story. Continue reading

The Last Queen of India by Michelle Moran

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACategory: Historical Fiction
Rating: 3/5
Cultural: India
Author: Michelle Moran
Alternative title: The Rebel Queen

The Last Queen of India is a historical fiction novel following the life of a woman warrior who is part of the elite personal guards of the Rani of Jhansi. The novel is set in Jhansi, in India at the cusp of colonialism by the British. The Rani of Jhansi is revered and admired historical figure in contemporary India and she is known for her valour and her fight against the colonial rule in India.  Continue reading

The Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACategory: Historical Fiction
Rating: 4/5
Author: Allison Amend

This book was such a pleasant surprise! Enchanted Islands follows the story of Frances Conway, starting from her childhood all the way till she is very old. I absolutely loved this charming, emotional, honest and far from ordinary life of Frances Conway. Right from her childhood in Duluth to her adolescent years in Chicago to Nebraska, to Galapagos Islands for most part and finally to San Francisco, its such an incredible journey that doesn’t skip a beat. Continue reading

Sometimes a river song by Avril Joy

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACategory: Novella, Contemporary Fiction, Coming of Age
Rating: 3.5/5
Author: Avril Joy

Sometimes A River Song by Avril Joy is a beautiful novella set in a river boat community in Arkansas in the 1930s, which I felt was really unique setting. Most of the narration is from the perspective of a young girl, Aiyana, who grows up in the river boat community. She has a very troubled childhood, an abusive, incorrigible,  
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The Orenda by Joseph Boyden

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The Orenda by Joseph Boyden is a historical and an anthropological masterpiece. Set in the 1600s in the Canadian wilderness, the story follows 2 warring tribes, the Iroquois & the Huron. The chapters alternate in first person narrative between Bird, one of leaders of the Huron Tribe, Snow Falls, a young girl abducted by Bird as a child to keep as his own daughter and lastly, the Crow, a priest from the French Jesuit Missionary. The relationship between Bird and Snow, the Crow’s propaganda to spread Christianity and its contrast to the Native American mysticism and beliefs, their sense of community, all against a backdrop of violence and terror in the constant warring between the 2 tribes creates such an atmospheric read.

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