Fiction Review: The Geometry of Holding Hands

The Geometry of Holding Hands, by Alexander McCall Smith Isabel Dalhousie, philosopher, returns in the thirteenth volume of this series. I jumped into this one cold, since I haven't read the previous Dalhousie books, but I immediately fell in love with Isabel and the way her mind works. Geometry has a very loose plot, involving … Continue reading Fiction Review: The Geometry of Holding Hands

Romance Review: The Revolutionary and the Rogue

The Revolutionary and the Rogue, by Blake Ferre There still aren't nearly enough queer historical romance novels out there, although things have definitely improved in the past several years. So I was thrilled to see this title by Entangled, one of my favorite romance publishers. The story takes place in Paris, as the triumph of … Continue reading Romance Review: The Revolutionary and the Rogue

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

Fiction Review: Girls Against God

Girls Against God, by Jenny Hval. Translated by Marjam Idriss(Affiliate link to Bookshop.org, a great site helping support independent bookstores.) This novel feels more like a piece of performance art. The story, such as it is, involves the narrator's journey from a Southern Norway childhood; through international studies in Japan and the United States; and … Continue reading Fiction Review: Girls Against God