Delia is a teenager like many. Like we grow up to believe teenager girls are. Restless. Vane. Rebellious. Delia is 17, is one of many kids in a big family in a tiny town in Italy. Her sister left home at 17, married a sugar-daddy and moved to the City where she gets to wear fancy clothes and dine at nice places. The clothes that … Continue reading Book Review: The Road to the City by Natalia Ginzburg
There was a time when I didn’t shy away from big books. There was a time when I used to pick up a book set in a place I was soon to visit. There was a time when I traveled. There was such a time before COVID, before kids. That time might have passed, but We The Drowned by Carsten Jensen has stayed with me … Continue reading Book Review: We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen
We all have our go-to authors; those we place on auto-buy. Those who will bring calm, an escape into a different world far away from daily struggles. Predictability, perhaps; the comfort of knowing, this is probably going to be a book you will love. They do not have to be the most accomplished writers, the most crafted, the most popular. They just have to be … Continue reading Untamed Shore or my favorite book by Silvia Moreno Garcia.
Book purchases surged at the beginning of the Covid-19 epidemic. We were home, with lots of time on our hands, and novels about pandemics, particularly, dystopian, seemed like an escape that was relatable. A way of coping when we had very little options at hand. There were quite a few to pick from: The Plague by Albert Camus, sold out quickly, and Agustina Bazterrica’s Tender … Continue reading Book Review: The Transmigration of Bodies by Yuri Herrera
clac clac clac. Steps approaching. That feeling that someone – or something – is watching you from the darkness, hidden from view. But you can feel it, its presence slowly approaching, towering over you, overpowering. Fear. That copper taste in your mouth, and the world pauses. Fear. But is it your instinct for survival kicking in or are you a child frightened by shadows? The … Continue reading Book Review: Before by Carmen Boullosa or growing up is scary
Latin-American women are becoming very popular for horror or spooky stories. Last year it was all about Mexican Gothic, and this year The Dangers of Smoking in Bed; but the truth is that they’ve been writing great scary stories for almost 100 years. María Luisa Bombal (Chile), wrote the first story of the genre of magical realism in 1935, “House of Mist”. Trying to fit … Continue reading Latinas in Translation: Let’s get spooked!
This is the story of two sisters, Rose and Gameela, living in an upper class neighborhood in Cairo. Rose is an archeologist, and her religion is not something that she ponders about. Her family is pretty secular and no one wears the hijab. When Gameela starts wearing a headscarf and taking a strict position in religion, tension with her family starts and particularly with Rose. … Continue reading Book Review: A Pure Heart by Rajia Hassib
I loved “Lakewood” by Megan Giddings. At the beginning it gave me a “We Cast A Shadow” vibe (by Maurice Carlos Ruffin, another book I loved!) but though they both deal with racism and the burden of white-centered beauty standards (among other themes), they are very different books. Lakewood takes us to a tiny town in Michigan, of the same name, where secret and unethical … Continue reading Book Review: Lakewood by Megan Giddings
August is Women in Translation Month, and a good opportunity to explore some new territory. I am one who shies away from reading Latinx authors translated into English, but it’s so hard to get affordable copies in original version in Dallas that I threw the towel and got “Fish Soup” by Margarita García Robayo from my local library. This is actually a collection of two … Continue reading Book Review: Fish Soup by Margarita García Robayo
Tarchetti, in this collection of Gothic & horror tales transport us to Europe of the 1800s. The stories have a ring of fairy tales, but with some darkness to it; there are mysterious Counts, obsessive lovers, magic potions and haunting dreams. They are for the horror fan as well as those readers with a taste for literary fiction. Devoid of all the gore and cheap … Continue reading Book Review: Fantastic Tales by Iginio Ugo Tarchetti