Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

I have a lot to say about this book! It is about Ruth, a black midwife, who finds herself the defendant of a manslaughter trial after a baby dies on her ward. The parents of the child are white supremisists who asked that Ruth not be allowed to touch the baby. Despite this blatant discrimination, Ruth does as she is asked until she is left … Continue reading Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I cannot describe how much I love and admire Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s books. She is a wonderful writer and Half of a Yellow Sun is a beautiful, but also harrowing, showcase of her talent. It is a novel about the Biafran War in the 1960s and I will admit that I had pretty much no knowledge of the history of the war before reading this … Continue reading Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

 The Sellout by Paul Beatty

This is a fire-cracker of a book. The absolutely savage satire starts right from page 1 and it continues to rampage throughout the novel … and it is briliant. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever read such a brutal critique of, well, anything! The only thing I can think of that comes remotely close is Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal which is almost a match for … Continue reading  The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Falling Man by Don Delillo

I’d been interested to read something by Don Delillo for a while but after reading Falling Man, I’m not sure I’d read anything else. I was intrigued to read a novel about 9/11 that faced it head on, rather than skirting the issue like I felt that ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’ did, but overall, I found this novel to be just as empty as … Continue reading Falling Man by Don Delillo

The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson

I’ll start off by saying that it has been quite a while since I posted anything and this is partly because I haven’t read anything in a while! Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that I haven’t finished anything in a while. Before Christmas, I started reading A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James but I have just not been … Continue reading The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? This is the question asked by this exquisite novel. Set in the early twentieth century, this is a story about family ties, love, death and fate.  Atkinson shows how a story can have an infinite number possible endings as she narrates the life of Ursula Todd over and … Continue reading Life After Life by Kate Atkinson