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

 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

Review: The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

It’s a shame that my first book of 2016 has been this one because I’d hoped my reading year would get off to a better start. The Orchardist is just a little bit dull. It started out pretty well and I was quite intrigued by the initial events of the novel. It isn’t predictable and I didn’t know what was going to happen next, but … Continue reading Review: The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

Review: The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

I enjoyed this. It was a quick read which felt quite light even though it touches on some pretty tough themes. The novel is about Taylor, a Kentucky girl who leaves her home town to escape a dead end future and make her own life. She buys an old car and decides to set down roots wherever the car breaks down.  She never could have … Continue reading Review: The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

I very much enjoyed this novel and I think part of this was down to being completely surprised by the turn of events. It is a story primarily about two brothers, Subhash and Udayan, but it became much more far-reaching than I first assumed. It begins during the 1960s in Calcutta, where the brothers live, during a time of increasing revolutionary unrest. India is no … Continue reading The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri