2017 Reviews, Long Fiction

Ink

In a near-future America, anti-immigrant sentiment has escalated. "Inks," temporary workers, permanent residents, and first-gen citizens, are tattooed on their wrist and submitted to interrogations, discrimination in the workplace, and traffic checks. Over the ten years of this novel, the repercussions of 'othering' this population transform into vigilante kidnapping, mob violence, and population control. The violence… Continue reading Ink

2017 Reviews, Long Fiction

The Gustav Sonata: A Novel

In a post-WWII village in Switzerland, Gustav builds a deep friendship with the sensitive Anton.  Throughout childhood, Gustav tries to understand his widowed mother Emilie's cold indifference to him, his mythical father, Emilie's resentment of Anton's Jewish family, his own poverty compared to Anton's wealth, and the stark contrast between his and Anton's lives.  Through… Continue reading The Gustav Sonata: A Novel

2017 Reviews, Fiction

The Reader

After a brutal murder orphaned Sefia as a child, she has lived her life running from authorities and anyone who may get too close. But when her mentor  is taken, Sefia is left to fend for herself using the only clue she has, a rectangular object full of paper. In Sefia's world, reading and writing… Continue reading The Reader

2017 Reviews, Long Fiction

Like Water for Chocolate

Like Water for Chocolate tells the strange and luscious story of the De la Garza family in Mexico at the turn of the century. Tita, forbidden to marry by the family matriarch and all but relegated to the kitchen, finds she is able to express her true self through cooking. When family and guests eat… Continue reading Like Water for Chocolate

2017 Reviews, Long Fiction

Under a Painted Sky

Samantha, a Chinese American, and Annamae, a runaway slave, flee West  towards California. Annamae is running from slavery and to find her brother, while Samantha is fleeing an accidental crime. Both girls are looking for a new start and freedom that they just can't have in Missouri in 1845. The girls disguise themselves as boys-Sammy… Continue reading Under a Painted Sky

2017 Reviews, Fiction, Long Fiction

The Sunlight Pilgrims

  A harsh and unprecedented winter is about to overtake the earth, resulting in chaos across the globe. Three characters, Dylan, Constance, and Stella, are neighbors in a caravan park in Scotland. Together, they live as the temperature falls to -65, as a massive iceberg approaches the coast, as people go mad and modern comforts… Continue reading The Sunlight Pilgrims