We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

The Blackwoods live in isolation; far from the prying eyes of the townspeople who reserve nothing but contempt for the family. Told from the perspective of the youngest daughter, Mary Katherine Blackwood, We Have Always Lived in the Castle is the story of a mighty family brought to ruin by disastrous events that sealed theirContinue reading “We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson”

Notes on Grief by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

A personal essay that explores the grief the author experiences upon the loss of her father, Notes on Grief is full of anecdotes and thoughts on topics related to time, family, culture, and death. I’ve read and enjoyed several of Adichie’s works, such as Half of a Yellow Sun and Dear Ijeawele. Her writing isContinue reading “Notes on Grief by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”

Beasts of a Little Land by Juhea Kim

The year is 1918 when a little girl named Jade gets sold into a courtesan school and told never to come back home by her mother. Not too far away, a young boy named Nam Jungho, the son of a hunter, arrives in Seoul in search of a better life. Juhea Kim’s expansive historical fictionContinue reading “Beasts of a Little Land by Juhea Kim”

The Stationery Shop of Tehran by Marjan Kamali

Marjan Kamali’s Tehran is a canvas of class hierarchies, rich cuisine, literary loves, and youth politics. Roya Khanom’s visits to the quaint stationery shop begin to take a turn when Mr Fakhri (the owner) introduces her to a young man who also frequents the establishment. What starts out as a heady sense of love soonContinue reading “The Stationery Shop of Tehran by Marjan Kamali”

Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Aghast at being admonished by her parents for her inability to hold down a serious job, Eve Brown jumps at first sight of gainful employment. And that just happens to be at a boutique B&B owned by Jacob Wayne, an austere man governed by his unrelenting principles. An accident ties their fates together, and despiteContinue reading “Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert”