Quickies: Claire of the Sea Light & Asunder

Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat Publisher/Year: Knopf, 2013 Format: Audiobook Narrator: Robin Miles Length: 7 hrs, 3 minutes Source: Library What it is: Claire Limyé Lanmé (Claire of the Sea Light) Faustin is a little girl growing up in the fictional fishing village of Ville Rose, Haiti. Her mother died in childbirth, and on Claire’s seventh birthday, herContinue reading “Quickies: Claire of the Sea Light & Asunder”

Calling Dr. Laura

Growing up, Nicole Georges had always believed that her father was dead. Then at the age of twenty-three, Nicole’s friend took her to a psychic, who informed her that her father wasn’t dead. It’s a secret Nicole sits on for a long time, until finally broaches the subject and her sister spills the beans: no,Continue reading “Calling Dr. Laura”

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”

Immigrant Experience: The Namesake & Girl in Translation

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri The Namesake is a novel about family ties, heritage, and generational divides. The book begins with Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli, newlywed Bengali immigrants, attempting to assimilate into their new life in New England. Ashima in particular has a hard time coping with the new way of life, but the coupleContinue reading “Immigrant Experience: The Namesake & Girl in Translation”