Read: The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami ★★☆☆☆ 📚
Simple, slow and quiet tale, told rather flatly. Left me feeling slightly depressed.
Read Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart ★★★☆☆ 📚
Read: French Braid by Anne Tyler ★★★★☆ 📚
Family story, nothing dramatic but quietly insightful. Personalities and behaviour bounce through generations.
Read: Blank Pages and Other Stories – Bernard MacLaverty ★★★★★ 📚
Quite spare stories, filled with details. Mostly around loss, grief or difficult lives.
Read: My Name Is Lucy Barton – Elizabeth Strout ★★★★☆ 📚
So quiet and understated, the whitespace seems to hold the story.
Read: We are not in the World by Connor O’Callaghan ★★★☆☆📚
Mysterious or confusing narrative, slips between times & narrators. I struggled to follow. The lurch at then end was a great surprise.
Read: The employees: a workplace novel of the 22nd century by Olga Ravn ★★★★☆ 📚
Quite unclassifiable, science fiction, elliptical, mysterious and compelling. I found Lea Guldditte Hestelund at Overgaden, the art exibit the book is ‘based’ on, helpful.
Read: Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead ★★★☆☆ 📚
Read: The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
Found this a bit less satisfactory that Olive Kitteridge, which I adored. The boys have a sister & a fair bit of family tension. A lot going on, immigrants, New York & Maine, differences in class…
Read: Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead ★★★★★ 📚
Great book, story of fictional woman aviator who circles the globe, embedded in family history & film of her life. Covering a lot of ground, in all senses, it pretty much all fits together.