Review: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Ahrundhati Roy

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (isn’t that a smashing title?) by Ahrundhati Roy is a beautiful, beautifully crafted novel filled with nuanced characters. Anjum, a “hijra” (a Hindu word meaning hermaphrodite or transgendered) moves to a graveyard and creates a safe world where people who don’t fit easily into society can find a home, and where her desire to be a mother can be made manifest.

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Review: Weatherland by Alexandra Harris

When you move to a new country (as I did a few years ago, moving from New Mexico to Scotland) one of the first things you have to learn is the small talk that makes the world turn. The place I’m from has sunshine three hundred days a year, so our weather talk tends to focus on the remarkable days when something different happens. When I moved to Edinburgh I learned quickly that the weather is a vital, important, daily, hourly, topic of conversation in the U.K.

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