Genre: Literary Fiction

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

Hag-Seed has a few different things I like, right off the bat. It’s a retelling. It’s an uncommon retelling – Shakespeare’s The Tempest. It’s a theatre book. It’s a revenge book. It’s a Margaret Atwood book. So without even going into the book itself, this was bound to be a winner for me.  None of these aspects promise a pure five-star review, but they do promise I won’t be bored.  And honestly?  I enjoyed Hag-Seed, as a whole. I think that Margaret Atwood captured the feel of The Tempest so well.  There are roundabouts and trickery and malevolent revenge.  For those familiar with the […]

Posted August 19, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Aquarium by David Vann

Aquarium by David Vann

This book is at once extremely well-written, and extremely disturbing.  The characters are rounded and troubled and struggling with all the depths of their souls.  I deeply disliked listening to this book, but I just had to keep listening because I needed to see if something better came for Caitlin. I’m not going to tell you if something better came or not.  You’ll just have to read this book.  Content warnings:  sexual descriptions, child abuse (physical and emotional), underage sexual relationships, trauma, elder abuse (physical and mental), homophobia.  Even without having triggers from any of these things, this book was unbelievably […]

Posted July 17, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Cider House Rules by John Irving

The Cider House Rules by John Irving

This book is pretty heavily loaded.  You want to talk about your controversial material?  Your sad, real life stuff?  In these pages, John Irving discusses: abortion prostitution addiction war Alzheimer’s Disease child abuse rape homosexuality infidelity racism Communism The list goes on an on.  I’m not complaining about the addressing of these topics, but man, I did not know what I was getting into.  It’s a fairly long book, so there’s a lot of ground to cover.  I’ll be as brief as possible, but holy moly was this a lot. 1.  This book is not about any one person, but a […]

Posted January 25, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //