Review: Big Sky

Big Sky is the long awaited next installment in Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie series (the first since 2010), and it doesn’t disappoint. As with the rest of the mystery novels in this series you could read it as a standalone, but it’s even better if you read it as a sequel. In Big Sky, readers are re-acquainted with numerous familiar faces including Julia, Nathan, Marlee, Josie, Tatiana, Reggie … Continue reading Review: Big Sky

Review: Family of Origin

CJ Hauser’s new book, Family of Origin, follows estranged half-siblings Elsa and Nolan Grey as they journey to a remote island on the Gulf Coast populated by a group of fringe scientists known as “Reversalists.” The Reversalists believe that a species of island duck called the Undowny Bufflehead shows evidence that evolution is turning backward, and up until recently, Elsa and Nolan’s father was a part of … Continue reading Review: Family of Origin

Review: Searching for Sylvie Lee

In her latest novel, Searching for Sylvie Lee, Jean Kwok continues to write on the familiar themes of immigration and racism as she explores the more general question of how well human beings can know each other. When the beautiful, talented, and successful Sylvie Lee disappears during a visit to the Netherlands, her family back in New York immediately begins to worry: Sylvie was supposed to … Continue reading Review: Searching for Sylvie Lee

Review: Dual Citizens

Alix Ohlin’s latest novel, Dual Citizens, takes us on a journey through the lives of half-sisters Lark and Robin as they grow up, grow close, grow apart, and grow together again. Lark––quiet, studious, and four years older than Robin–– assumes the role of caretaker early in the sisters’ lives because their mother, Marianne, is too self-absorbed and volatile to provide more than the bare minimum of … Continue reading Review: Dual Citizens

Review: Ask Again, Yes

Mary Beth Keane’s latest novel is a sprawling family saga that explores the ways in which the people and places we come from affect who we are. In Ask Again, Yes Keane introduces readers to young newlyweds Francis Gleeson and Lena Teobaldo and Brian and Anne Stanhope. Francis and Brian are both police officers in the NYPD hoping to separate their young families from the violence … Continue reading Review: Ask Again, Yes

Review: Machines Like Me

There are few authors currently writing whose work I anticipate more than Ian McEwan’s. With a literary legacy that includes titles such as Amsterdam, Black Dogs, and Atonement, McEwan has certainly set a high bar for himself, and so it was with mixed excitement at the prospect of a new masterpiece and apprehensions of a missed mark that I picked up his newest work. Set in an alternate-history … Continue reading Review: Machines Like Me

Review: Stay Up With Hugo Best

Erin Somers’s debut novel about a comedy writer trying to break into the NYC comedy scene provides a witty and gritty look at what seeking success looks like for young women in male-dominated industries. June Bloom is approaching thirty, living with a roommate in Bushwick, and re-evaluating her life decisions after she loses her job as a writer on Stay Up With Hugo Best. She … Continue reading Review: Stay Up With Hugo Best