Signs for Lost Children by Sarah Moss

IMG_2295With this duology, I’m assured of Sarah Moss as a writer of incredible nuance, intelligence, observation, elegance and style. Signs for Lost Children picks up just where Bodies of Light left, so I’d really encourage one to start with Bodies of Light before they try this as the motivations of these characters, the backstories and context would all be lost by starting directly here.

Bodies of Light triumphs in its themes, but rushes through the years. Signs for Lost Children, on the other hand, is set across a single year following Ally’s marriage. Continue reading

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

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Rating: 3.5/5
Author: Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is the story of a young woman who leads a life of extreme seclusion and a chance encounter in helping an elderly gentleman on the road sets off a series of events that allow her to come undone and eventually, exorcise the demons of her past. My reaction, to some extent was also coloured by the context in which read this book, as a nomination for a literary prize. Continue reading

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

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Category: Translated Fiction
Rating: 3/5
Author: Han Kang, Translated by Deborah Smith
Cultural: South Korea
I was initially confused as to how I felt about this book. But the more I thought about it, the more I could appreciate it. I didn’t expect it to be as dark, bleak, uncomfortable and unsettling as it was. There is a very dream-like, ethereal quality to the narration and while the premise feels almost like a thriller,
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