Posts from ‘May, 2010’

May Summary and Plans for June

I finished 14 books in May. I was unable to resist the Orange list and so my reading was dominated by books from it. Unfortunately I don’t seem to have the same taste in books as the Orange judges this year – I’ll post a full summary of my thoughts on the Orange short list […]

A Gate at the Stairs – Lorrie Moore

 Short listed for the 2010 Orange Prize A Gate at the Stairs is set in the American Midwest and follows twenty-year-old Tassie as she begins work as a child minder. She is hired by a glamorous couple who are about to adopt a mixed race child. The couple seem more interested in running their restaurant business than […]

The Best Literary Science Fiction Books?

I’m getting bored of reality. The more books I read, the more it feels as though they are all churning out the same basic stories about love and loss. There are the odd exceptions, but I am increasingly becoming disenchanted with modern literary fiction. I recently read  The City & The City by China Miéville and found the way […]

Beside the Sea – Veronique Olmi

 Translated from the French by Adriana Hunter Beside the Sea is the best book I have read in a long time. It tells the story of a single mother who wants to ensure her two little boys enjoy a holiday by the sea. Beside the Sea has the most intense narrative I have ever read. The […]

Black Water Rising – Attica Locke

 Short listed for the Orange Prize 2010 Black Water Rising was the most controversial choice on the Orange short list this year. Everyone who had read the book was surprised by its inclusion on the list and having read it I can only agree with them. Black Water Rising is a thriller, similar in style to those […]

The White Woman on the Green Bicycle – Monique Roffey

 Short listed for the Orange Prize 2010 The White Woman on the Green Bicycle is set on the island of Trinidad. George Harwood is given a three-year contract to work on the island and so moves from England, with his wife Sabine, to take up the post. George quickly falls in love with his new […]