Fiction Review: Hamnet and Judith (Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist)

Hamnet and Judith, by Maggie O'Farrell In 1596, a young child dies in Stratford. The child has a twin, an older sibling, an mother thought to have special abilities, and a father who is becoming famous in London for his plays. The father is, of course William Shakespeare, but his name is never mentioned in … Continue reading Fiction Review: Hamnet and Judith (Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist)

Poetry Review: When No One Is Watching

A big thank you to Odyssey Books for sending me a copy to review. When No One Is Watching, by Linathi Makanda Linathi Makanda's poetry debut with Odyssey Books is a luminous collection of verse, a meditation on tough topics expressed with grace and wisdom. Family, masculinity, and women's expectations and realities regarding relationships take … Continue reading Poetry Review: When No One Is Watching

Summer Reading Project: Shortlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction

In the past, I've been terrible about completing shortlist readings for literary prizes. Not because I wasn't interested in the prizes themselves, but because I always found out about the shortlist right before the prize was announced. And I am really not a fast reader, as I explain in part in my post on living … Continue reading Summer Reading Project: Shortlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction