Diving Belles

Set in her native Cornwall, Lucy Wood’s debut short story collection, Diving Belles, has been drawing comparisons to the likes of Aimee Bender and Karen Russell. Though it’s easy to see why — the twelve stories in this collection are at turns whimsical, dark, and ethereal, drawing heavily on oral storytelling traditions and local folkloreContinue reading “Diving Belles”

Quickies: The White Tiger & The Girl in the Flammable Skirt

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga Publisher/Year: Tantor Media, 2008 Format: Audiobook Source: Library What it is: A novel revolving around Balram Halwai, a successful entrepreneur who was able to establish himself even though he came from humble means. He finds work as a chauffeur for a wealthy family, which provides an enlightening peek into the servants’Continue reading “Quickies: The White Tiger & The Girl in the Flammable Skirt”

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

I’m not usually a fan of magical realism, but as a huge Aimee Bender fan, I couldn’t wait for this book to come out.  The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake centers around Rose Edelstein, who discovers her unique gift just before her ninth birthday: she can taste people’s emotions in the food they have prepared.Continue reading “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake”