Book Review: If I Had Two Wings by Randall Kenan

If I Had Two Wings - Randall Kenan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2020) I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. This title is on sale 3 August 2020. This is a strange and somewhat surreal collection of… Continue reading Book Review: If I Had Two Wings by Randall Kenan

Book Review: A Registry of my Passage upon the Earth by Daniel Mason

A Registry of my Passage upon the Earth - Daniel Mason (Little, Brown & Company, 2020) I received an Advance Readers Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. This is an eccentric and stylistic collection of short stories. All but one have a historical setting and the voice and style of story-telling feels… Continue reading Book Review: A Registry of my Passage upon the Earth by Daniel Mason

Book Review: The Moment of Tenderness by Madeleine L’Engle

The Moment of Tenderness - Madeleine L'Engle (Grand Central Publishing, 2020) This collection of short stories from Madeleine L'Engle is comprised of both previously published work and stories never before published. It includes stories she wrote as a very young woman and ones that show a more experienced hand. As many other readers are, I'm… Continue reading Book Review: The Moment of Tenderness by Madeleine L’Engle

Book Review: We Two Alone by Jack Wang

We Two Alone - Jack Wang (Astoria, 2020) I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own. This short story collection moves through history and place, highlighting and documenting the experiences of Chinese immigrants - the Chinese diaspora - across the world. Moving roughly through time, the… Continue reading Book Review: We Two Alone by Jack Wang

Book Review: The Blythes are Quoted by L.M. Montgomery

The Blythes are Quoted - L.M. Montgomery (Viking Books, 2009) As a kid, I loved L.M. Montgomery's books. They were cozy and sweet and always had a happy ending. I read and re-read each one; I owned most of Montgomery's books and got the others from the library. I read the series and the novels… Continue reading Book Review: The Blythes are Quoted by L.M. Montgomery

Book Review: Late Breaking by K.D. Miller

As I read through K.D. Miller's short story collection, I began to create a web of characters, drawing lines between the names that appeared on the pages of various stories. The stories are linked in the most satisfying type of way. Existing in the same world, primarily taking place in Hamilton or Sackville, the characters… Continue reading Book Review: Late Breaking by K.D. Miller

Book Review: Grand Union by Zadie Smith

Grand Union - Zadie Smith (Penguin Press, 2019) I received an Advance Uncorrected Proof of this book. All opinions are my own. I've read three other books by Zadie Smith and have always sort of generally enjoyed her writing but never been quite wowed by it. (My unpopular opinion is that I liked The Embassy… Continue reading Book Review: Grand Union by Zadie Smith

Book Review: Watermark by Christy Ann Conlin

Watermark - Christy Ann Conlin (House of Anansi, 2019) Here we have a collection of short stories, several of them loosely linked together by place and at least a couple of characters that show up more than once. Nova Scotia and the Bay of Fundy feature heavily and the whole collection is infused with what… Continue reading Book Review: Watermark by Christy Ann Conlin

Book Review: Shut Up You’re Pretty by Téa Mutonji

Shut Up You're Pretty - Téa Mutonji (VS. Books, 2019) This book isn't quite a short story collection and it isn't quite a novel. It's a collection of short stories all about one character that moves forward linearly from her chidhood to her young womanhood. (Except for one story which is from the perspective of… Continue reading Book Review: Shut Up You’re Pretty by Téa Mutonji

Book Review: Moccasin Square Gardens by Richard Van Camp

Moccasin Square Gardens - Richard Van Camp (Douglas & McIntyre, 2019) The words that come to mind when I think about this collection of short stories are "delightfully weird". Aliens, small towns, Indigenous politics, and aliens. I really don't know what to compare this to because I don't think I've ever read a collection quite… Continue reading Book Review: Moccasin Square Gardens by Richard Van Camp