Late Lights by Kara Weiss: Read This If

Late Lights by Kara Weiss: Read This If

Late Lights by Kara Weiss is a novella of interwoven stories following the lives of three teenagers, Monty, Erin and B.J., with three very different backgrounds. It’s set in the Brookline neighborhood of Boston. A little background: Monty is an only child with an abusive father, and finds himself in and out of juvie. B.J.’s […]

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight: Read this if

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight: Read this if

Well, that was something of an unputdownable. Reconstructing Amelia‘s premise may be one you’d want to keep at arm’s length (busy, successful attorney mom whose teenage daughter takes a deadly fall off the roof of her fancy private school under mysterious circumstances), but once you start reading Kimberly McCreight’s debut novel (but not her first!), you […]

THE TALE OF LUCIA GRANDI: THE EARLY YEARS – Read This If

THE TALE OF LUCIA GRANDI: THE EARLY YEARS – Read This If

The premise of The Tale of Lucia Grandi: The Early Years by Susan Speranza sounded incredibly promising: a 110-year-old centenarian recounts the details of her life to a biographer. The book begins with an eager, young graduate student wanting to record a biography of Lucia’s life – excellent, I thought, that could be interesting, a […]

THE WANDERERS by Edward Belfar: Read This If

THE WANDERERS by Edward Belfar: Read This If

It seems I have succumbed to one of the many viruses plaguing the country, my throat and nasal passages having swollen themselves into a gooey network of mini-tortures (I’m not being overly dramatic or anything, no no no), hence the lateness of my post and my apologies. I must say, these stories were not quite […]

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver: Impressions

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver: Impressions

Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior takes place in fictional Feathertown, TN, a rural community in Appalachia. The Monarch butterfly community mysteriously roosts in the woods on Dellarobia Turnbow’s family’s property, instead of the mountains in Mexico as usual. Kingsolver explores the clash of conservative rural beliefs and struggles with the undeniability of climate change, but not in […]