“It is not uncommon, when one is young, to think that life is simple.”

So opens The Visionist by Rachel Urquhart. Life is simple when it is only one thing, when it is all that we know. It is only when our world is broken that life becomes complicated. The simplicity of Polly's life comes through fear of her father, Silas. He is her daily torment and she has… Continue reading “It is not uncommon, when one is young, to think that life is simple.”

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The Undertaker’s Daughter by Kate Mayfield

I mentioned The Undertaker's Daughter in my post about 'simplifying women' in book titles. Kate Mayfield is more than just the daughter of an undertaker, of course; but the title is warranted here as this book covers the first part of her life, when she mostly lived at home, and when her father was an… Continue reading The Undertaker’s Daughter by Kate Mayfield

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

When The Age of Miracles came out last year it was a very 'buzzy' book that got a lot of good reviews, both in media and the blogosphere. It was also very popular and much talked-about because it was Karen Thompson Walker's first novel, and was written in the mornings before she went to work as a book… Continue reading The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

Mad Girl’s Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted by Andrew Wilson

Deadlines are generally a good thing but when it comes to this book it's a good thing that I didn't have one. I bought it of my own volition and read it, and thought about it for a long time, and attended a Q&A with the author, and only now am I about ready to… Continue reading Mad Girl’s Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted by Andrew Wilson

True Grit by Charles Portis

When the latest version of True Grit was released in cinemas in 2010 (the first film was released in 1969 and starred John Wayne), I was eager to see it. Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and the Coen brothers were a big yes, and my dad recommended the story. I'm not usually a fan of Westerns, but… Continue reading True Grit by Charles Portis