Over at Shiny New Books: Stay With Me

“Akin’s father has died and Yejide is coming home. Set against a backdrop of political turmoil, Stay With Me is a powerful commentary on motherhood, love, grief, tradition and culture in Nigeria during the 80s and 90s. Flitting between past and present, the novel follows protagonist Yejide and her husband Akin as their marriage progresses…

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The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

When I was young Carrie Fisher wasn’t cool. To my pre-teen mind, she was interchangeable and unrecognisable from Margo Kidder. This is pre-feminist Alice, pre any understanding of mental health Alice. And this Alice was scared (of everything, but that’s another story for another time). In reality, all Carrie Fisher did “wrong” was be different,…

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Idaho by Emily Ruskovich

Review: Idaho by Emily Ruskovich

As I write this post, the Dark Waltz, such by Haley Westenra, is playing in the background – it feels oddly fitting. Not even for the lyrics, but for the melancholy, inevitable melody. Which is how I would describe Idaho by Emily Ruskovich, melancholy and inevitable. “One hot August day a family drives to a mountain…

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