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

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)

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

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