Birds of a Lesser Paradise

One thought kept running through my head as I read Megan Mayhew Bergman’s debut short story collection: If Jennifer Egan spent a day birding with Jonathan Franzen, this is the book she’d come up with. Because seriously, if you’re an animal-loving Jennifer Egan fan, this book has your name all over it. The twelve stories thatContinue reading “Birds of a Lesser Paradise”

Quickies: Gold Boy, Emerald Girl and The Turquoise Ledge

Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiyun Li Publisher/Year: Random House, 2010 Format: ebook Pages: 256 Source: Publisher review copy via NetGalley What it is: A collection of short stories mostly revolving around lonely Chinese characters who are grasping at happier future, but are grounded in the bleak realities of everyday life. Why I read it: I love short story collections and hadContinue reading “Quickies: Gold Boy, Emerald Girl and The Turquoise Ledge”

The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume I

The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories is exactly what it sounds like. Culled from more than 8,000 submissions on Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s art collaboration website, hitRECord, Tiny Book features 33 illustrated micro stories nestled between its 4×6 covers. The shortest story is one word long and the longest one is seven pithy lines long, but almost allContinue reading “The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume I”

No Sweetness Here and Other Stories

This review is for the 2nd Annual Ghanaian Literature Week event hosted by Kinna Reads, which takes place from 11/14 – 11/20. Follow along on Kinna’s blog or on Twitter via the #GhanaLit hashtag. Ama Ata Aidoo is a writer who’s been on my TBR list for ages, but up until now, I’d never read any ofContinue reading “No Sweetness Here and Other Stories”