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Etsuko’s daughter, Keiko, has committed suicide. As she attempts to come to terms with this tragic event, Etsuko finds herself increasingly drawn into the past, to her old life in Japan, and in particular to one hot Nagasaki summer when she was newly married to her first husband, and befriended a strange woman named Sachiko…… Continue reading ‘A Pale View of Hills’ by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Power imagines a world in which teenage girls all over the globe discover that they posses the inexplicable ability to conduct electricity with their bodies. The far-reaching and unpredictable consequences of this change are described from a range of different perspectives in this fast-paced, highly readable, and thought-provoking book. Unavoidably, the novel considers issues… Continue reading ‘The Power’ by Naomi Alderman
I had the misfortune of reading this book already knowing its ending. I came across a discussion of it a few years ago while I was researching my PhD, and it sounded so strange and discomfiting that it has always lingered in the back of my mind. I’m really pleased that I’ve finally had the… Continue reading ‘The Driver’s Seat’ by Muriel Spark
Miranda Silver is very unhappy. She is also very unwell: she suffers from pica, so is repulsed by food and prefers instead to eat chalk and plastic and metal. Since the death of her mother Lily, she is finding it increasingly difficult to maintain a grasp on reality. Perhaps she just needs to get out… Continue reading ‘White is for Witching’, by Helen Oyeyemi
When fashion model Gianetta Drury visits the Isle of Skye for a relaxing holiday, she does not expect to discover her ex-husband, Nicholas, staying at her hotel. Even less does she expect to find herself thrust into the middle of a murder investigation, but that is exactly what happens; she arrives to discover that a… Continue reading ‘Wildfire at Midnight’ by Mary Stewart