Tag: novels

  • What’s in a name?

    What’s in a name?

    Hamnet Shakespeare died at age 11, but scarcely anything was recorded about the boy’s life. Through her poignant and lyrical storytelling, Maggie O’Farrell breathes life into this long-forgotten tale. I started the book with hesitation, not wanting to be overwhelmed by the tragedy of a boy’s early death. I am glad I read it–the book’s […]

  • By the book…A Burning

    By the book…A Burning

    With a dream debut, Megha Majumdar’s novel A Burning has climbed up the western bestseller lists. The book covers a lot of hot topics that the publishing industry classifies as a ‘contemporary India novel.’ What appealed to me most about the book was the character development. Jivan, Lovely and PT Sir are characters that will […]

  • Setting up the twists and turns

    Setting up the twists and turns

    Do you recall the way you felt when you first started reading mysteries, like a good old Agatha Christie? Turning each page with anticipation, awaiting a twist that was sure to make you gasp. The Silent Patient brought back those memories of summer reading. The references to Greek Mythology and the back stories of the […]

  • By the book…Where the Crawdads Sing

    By the book…Where the Crawdads Sing

    When I first heard of the book “Where the Crawdads sing,” I did some research to figure out what the title meant and what the book was about. There was considerable critical acclaim for the book and also some criticism about all the hype. I decided to set all the reviews aside, and to read […]

  • By the book…Little Fires Everywhere

    By the book…Little Fires Everywhere

    I love to read books where the setting is so well-developed that the place feels like one of the characters. In Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng deftly weaves the setting before us and lets us picture the manicured lawns, well- maintained homes and it is not long before we feel the pride of the residents […]