The complex friendship between Titch and Wash is one of the most compelling aspects of the novel, and their bond makes for a poignant story that Edugyan delivers with well-written and thought out prose.


“Everything Under,” Daisy Johnson’s 2018 Man Booker prize-shortlisted novel that relocates Sophocles’s “Oedipus Rex” to modern-day England and reinterprets the story through what some may call a feminist lens, has been praised for its daring alone. Well, here’s that pat on the back.


Indeed, the novel is impressive. A masterpiece, even, if a masterpiece is allowed a number of marginal flaws.


Everywhere I have lived in my life, people have told me their state’s weather is uniquely unpredictable. As a result, I have come to think that weather is weird in general, and this principle doesn’t vary too much from state to state.

there, not there (on top of one another)

It came up in conversation a short while ago that Verity and I were reading the same book — “Paradise Rot,” the debut novel of the Norwegian musician Jenny Hval. I asked Verity if she was interested in co-writing about Hval’s work, which is equally split between her writing and her musical projects, and would thus match our respective backgrounds in literature and music.


While initially the novel is disproportionately saturated with men and (at times, the often accurately ludicrous) male perspective, Kim thankfully escapes this trough by the final half of his novel. He offers several female characters, most centrally Mina, who is, with Reseng, one of the most fantastically formed characters.


Characters like wee sisters offer unexpected gratification along Burns’s dark timeline of events.

Michelle Obama

Call it corny, call it meta, but “Becoming” is a book about building ourselves; it built me by proving that this journey never stops.

Blythe Roberson

The content itself seemed at times more flash than substance, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

Laura Dzubay

Hopefully, though, the mix of enthusiasm, relief and tenacity will be a welcome catharsis and will resonate with anyone out there who’s interested in turning to poetry as a way to get through finals.