Book review: The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies

The manservant of a railroad baron. The first Chinese-American film star. The witness to a racially motivated murder. A mixed-race man adopting a child from China. These are the four characters whom Peter Ho Davies calls upon to represent 150 years of Chinese-American experience in The Fortunes, a novel that brings to life a history that is … Continue reading Book review: The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies

Book review: Your Family, Your Body (Modern Poets Three)* by Malika Booker, Sharon Olds, and Warsan Shire

The Penguin Modern Poets series is based on a simple premise. As described on the opening page of every copy, each volume in the series "brings together representative selections from the work of three poets now writing." Originally published between 1962 and 1979, and again in the mid-1990s, the series was recently revived to showcase … Continue reading Book review: Your Family, Your Body (Modern Poets Three)* by Malika Booker, Sharon Olds, and Warsan Shire

Book review: Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife by Sam Savage

The English language can be a curious beast. Take the verb 'ruminate,' for instance. In modern usage, it generally refers to the act of thinking over something deeply. To ruminate is to contemplate, to ponder. It also has a second meaning: literally, 'to chew.' Next time, when you're mulling over those deep, important thoughts of … Continue reading Book review: Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife by Sam Savage

Book review: In the Castle of My Skin* by George Lamming

Penguin Books recently republished George Lamming's autobiographical first novel In the Castle of My Skin* as part of a 2017 redesign of their Modern Classics series. I was lucky enough to receive a copy recently and, since I had never heard of the book before, my curiosity was piqued. Set in 1930s Barbados, it's a semi-autobiographical novel … Continue reading Book review: In the Castle of My Skin* by George Lamming

Book review: Multitudes by Lucy Caldwell

Two years have passed since I moved away from Belfast, but I like to return as often as I can. If I can’t get there in person, I’ll visit it via the city’s literature. I’ve recently been enjoying The Tangerine, a new Belfast-based literary magazine that showcases an eclectic mix of poetry, short stories, artwork, and […]