Burnt Sugar

I wait for the fly to leave, to catch a scent from outside, a familiar breeze. But it doesn’t. It continues crossing from one side of the room to another. (p.137, Burnt Sugar) Burnt Sugar is a compelling story of daughter and mother rivalry, and the intertwined...

The New Wilderness

The heaviness in her chest inched up to her throat. She guessed it had to do with being somewhere so familiar when such familiarity wasn’t supposed to exist anymore. (p.232, The New Wilderness) Bea has relinquished life in the overcrowded City, with its toxic air and...

The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste

“The rifle had disappeared… Soon she will have to admit it is nowhere. It has slipped into a crevice that can swallow girls just as easily as it devours guns.” (p.24, The Shadow King) On the verge of World War Two, Italy invades Ethiopia. The year is 1935, the...

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Convenience Store Woman is the story of a woman’s attempt to conform to a world she doesn’t understand but knows to be exacting and unforgiving. Keiko Furukura has worked part-time at a convenience store since she was eighteen. Now, she is thirty-six and her friends...

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

“In the stirrups now. Wish you were here..”   A captivating first novel by Candice Carty-Williams and if you are anything like me, you will devour it in a few sittings as you are jettisoned into Queenie’s life. Queenie and Tom are on a break, partly brought on by...