Book review: Exit West* by Mohsin Hamid

Timely yet timeless, allegorical yet realistic, Mohsin Hamid's Man Booker-shortlisted Exit West is a stunning and heartbreaking novel that explores the extremes people will go to when faced with two equally life-changing experiences: war and love. Exit West is about Saeed and Nadia, who meet at an evening class on corporate identity and product branding and embark on a … Continue reading Book review: Exit West* by Mohsin Hamid

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Book review: The Things We Thought We Knew* by Mahsuda Snaith

How do you move on from the mistakes of your past when those mistakes have left you in constant pain and unable to move? Mahsuda Snaith's debut novel is the first I've come across that features a protagonist living with chronic pain syndrome (CPD). For ten years, Ravine Roy has spent the vast majority of … Continue reading Book review: The Things We Thought We Knew* by Mahsuda Snaith

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