David Vann’s writing operates within a tradition of rural American writing notable in its refusal to po-facedly romanticise the rites and customs associated with the land.
The spaces that Sparks creates in The Unfinished World are worth falling into. Her stories are like bugs trapped in Amber; moments of life for us to explore outside of time.
As we witness the murky betrayals the book’s characters try to disavow, we are granted a disturbing view of what is traded in the exchange of truth for new beginnings.
Jordan manages to pull something off in book form that is standard in his film scripts: a sense of genuine surprise. The reader is constantly left guessing in this puzzling and anomalous novel.
Children’s Children is a remarkably self-assured collection that shows a keen eye for social nuance and razor-sharp skill with language.
On The Edge depicts the painful hangover that followed the burst of Spain’s heady construction bubble. Its pages teem with corrupt developers and con-men.
Jacobson, a seasoned commenter on British Jewish identity, transplants Shylock to an extremely wealthy area of present-day Britain dubbed the Golden Triangle.
There are two sides to every story, and International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award winner Tahar Ben Jelloun manages to tell both in The Happy Marriage, an uncompromising exposé of a marriage gone terribly awry.
To read I Hate the Internet is to wade headlong into cybernetic slime, to confront the crude biases of online life and to feel powerless against them. Because without the internet, I Hate the Internet could not exist, nor could it find readers.
Christodoulos Makris’ most recent book The Architecture of Chance (Wurm Press, 2015) was chosen as a poetry book of the year by RTÉ’s Arena and 3:AM Magazine. He has curated numerous poetry project and events, and he is the poetry editor of gorse literary journal. Along with Olesya Zdorovetska, he read more…
Reading Beckett’s Friendship by André Bernold is a lot like listening to a rambling college lecture by an old-school scholar: generally enjoyable with moments of impressive insight, but largely baffling and irrelevant to any particular purpose.
The Kindness of Enemies features several exotic backdrops, including Dagestan, St. Petersburg, Khartoum, and… Aberdeen. Aboulela depicts two storylines, told with considerable literary style.
Fox’s most astute observations have to do with class policing. He insists that charges of pretentiousness only serve to maintain the status quo, especially in his native UK, where class betrayal is a national “neurosis”.
The reader of Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine has much in common with this bystander. We intrude on Williams’ characters in media res, catching them off guard. They are busy, looking away, and obliquely engaged in tiny banal acts that hiss with guarded intimacy.
What is sleep? As Spindles’ editors remind us, although we spend a third of our lives asleep, we know little to nothing about it – however, recent scientific breakthroughs promise to wake us from our slumber.
In Good on Paper authors are needy creatures, who tell messy, imperfect stories to seek connection, kinship and absolution from their readers.
This is the Ritual is shocking, but considering the common societal issues like drugs, mental health problems and harrowing sexual encounters omnipresent, we must ask ourselves: why are we so shocked?
Yann Martel’s The High Mountains of Portugal offers a triptych of stories on themes familiar to the Canadian novelist – loss, spirituality and the search for belonging.
While Under the Udala Trees’s closing words are full of hope, the author’s note at the end of the book reminds readers of the current state of affairs in Nigeria, where homosexuality is still criminalised and, in certain states, punishable by death.