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After I Left You by Alison Mercer
After I Left You by Alison Mercer
I thought Alison Mercer's second novel was amazing. It is narrated by a woman called Anna Jones, who is pushing forty. Twenty years ago something terrible happened to her while she was an English undergraduate in Oxford University that made her tightly knit group of friends fall apart. The novel deftly moves back and forth in time to weave together the past and the present. The way crucial information is withheld and slowly released is impeccably timed. When the revelations arrive, they are explosive. The book is gripping and also very moving. It is a book about love lost and found but also about how growing up consists of learning to live with irremediable losses. I shall remember this… Read more
My Brother & I by C.J (Jonty) Driver
My Brother & I by C.J (Jonty) Driver
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is a spare, elegantly written and very moving tribute to a younger brother who died at the age of 47. In 100 pages, Mr Driver captures depths of emotions and the complexities of childhood that elude books five times the length. His writing is clean and classical and the portrait of South Africa during some of its most troubled years subtly and truthfully done. I have no idea what that poisonous notice from Frehley is doing on this page. Perhaps Amazon should seriously consider removing such an ad hominem attack. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Stories by Kij Johnson
Kij Johnson's amazing stories in her first collection range across time and space with fluent ease. Her imagination is vast and boundless and she'll carry you wherever her mind travels to and settles -- Heian Japan, the far future, smalltown USA; nothing is impossible for her. No one has punctured the membranes holding different worlds separate -- in space, time, genre, imagination, or in any other taxonomical category of apartness you can think of -- with such intoxicating results. Her vision of the interfaces between animals and humans, and their occasional dissolution, is alone worth the price of admission. The stories are all uniquely affecting too: I defy you not to tear up after you… Read more