Category: Literary Fiction Reviews

A Review of Billie’s Ghost by Chad Hautmann

Chad Hautmann has chosen a difficult subject for this book. A story of the pain and heartache at the loss of someone we love and the long road back to life among the living. He does this with gut-wrenching descriptions…

A Review of Abaza by Louis Nowra

This approach frees the narrative from the mainstream pattern of beginning, middle and end. In some ways this is no different from the controlled narrative disclosures of such books as John Banville’s Eclipse or Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being. But there is in the case…

A Review of Seducing Mr Maclean by Loubna Haikal

educing Mr Maclean is full of lush descriptions about Lebanese culture, dancing, music, and in particular, food (you’ll be craving hummous, baclava, and halva for weeks after reading it). It is an enjoyable and funny read which touches on an important…

A Review of Eclipse by John Banville

This book, though short, demands slow, close reading. It is a difficult book as much from the artfulness of the author as from the tragic subject. All critics have commented on the beauty of Banville’s writing and this beauty sustains…

A Review of A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

 You are never told exactly where in India this novel unfolds, but the city has the feel of Calcutta. It is fascinating to see the main character, Dina, move through disgust at the men who are working for her, tailors,…

A Review of Julian Barnes’ Something to Declare

A Small Flaubertian Moment: A Review of Julian Barnes’ Something to Declare  Barnes’ latest work, Something to Declare is non-fiction, a series of eighteen essays collected over twenty years, covering a range of (mainly gallic) subjects from Richard Cobb’s love and disappointment…

A Review of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon

 When a novelist wins a prestigious literary prize like the Pulitzer, the National Book Award, the Pen/Faulkner, it is interesting to glance back at his first novel–first novels, even those praised, so regularly ignored by the public at large–to discover…