“What are you, Daniel?’ ‘I don’t know.’ ‘What are your father and sister?’ ‘I don’t know.’ ‘Well, if you don’t, then how can I? But I do know they’re fanatics. When they care about something, whatever it is, they care about it to the full. They care about it as much as anyone … Continue reading Elmet by Fiona Mozley
I’m still pretty amazed finding six of the longlisted novels for the Women’s Prize for Fiction are debuts. Six of sixteen. That’s a big chunk, nearly half. I can do math! These women are incredible, each one. I may normally quibble and grumble about first-time novelists snagging such a prestigious longlist nomination, but after reading … Continue reading Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist 2018: the Debut Novelists
Welcome to the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist, formerly Baileys Prize, formerly Orange Prize. Quite the crop this year, including six debut novels. Six! I’ve had the Longlist date on my calendar for weeks. I just got very busy and had no time to post before now. I’ve read a grand … Continue reading Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018: It’s Early Yet
Let’s face it: no one knows which books I want at the holidays. Used to be I owned thousands and no one could tell what I didn’t already have. Now that my library’s so small, it’s what haven’t you already read… Plus, I only exchange gifts with my kids, so there’s that. They figure I … Continue reading Merry Booksmas! Books I’m gifting to me this year.
Thanks, all, for the commiseration on my sad story from the other day. I don’t normally like to answer in bulk because that’s so darn impersonal, but right now I’m so exhausted I know I can’t do justice to a task even that relatively undemanding, so I’ll just opt to answer a couple things here. … Continue reading Propping my eyes open with toothpicks…