Review: Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin

There are some books that upon opening make you wonder what is going on in this story. Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin is definitely one of those books. It feels surreal, feverish and impossible to put down because every page offers a new mystery rather than a solution. It is a gripping story that reveals to us the intricacies of motherhood but also imposes a lot of questions on the reader in regards to boundaries and obsession.

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Review: The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

Not a day goes by without a mention of Brexit or Trump’s wall, the words refugee, immigrant and migrants and their manifold connotations. The world can be an ugly place at times and one of literature’s roles is to show us this ugliness. Cristina Henriquez discusses exactly this in her novel, The Book of Unknown Americans; she shows the reader people at their best and their worst and she does so with such compassion that the reader can find inexplicable beauty even in the most heart-breaking places of the narrative making The Book of Unknown Americans incredibly relevant to our present days.

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Review: The Lost Ones by Anita Frank

Leo Tolstoy writes in the opening of Anna Karenina that ‘every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.’ And Anita Frank takes that sentiment to a whole new level of writing. Frank’s novel The Lost Ones offers its readers ghosts, murder, drama and a lot of dirty secrets whilst portraying family tragedies and their consequences.

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Review: My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

To be human is to tell stories and sometimes these stories are ugly and difficult to stomach. Kate Elizabeth Russell’s debut novel My Dark Vanessa is exactly one of these stories; it is raw, dark and necessary to read. Humans are a complex universe of beauty and ugliness, truth and lies and Kate Elizabeth Russell’s book holds a mirror to our world in order to explore important and difficult topics: sexual trauma, consent, rape and manipulation.

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Review: A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A.Fletcher

It’s the end of the world as we know it; humanity is dying out with a population that has dwindled to only a few thousand people. And yet for some this is the only world they have ever known, including the protagonist of C.A.Fletcher’s new novel, Griz. A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World can be called a dystopian novel but it is so much more than that; it is a cautionary tale that is getting more and more relevant in our present world but it is also a quiet celebration of humanity in all its glory and demise.

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