Debut Fiction, 2015

Quite honestly, January is made for lists. This list is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. 10. The Book of Speculation // Erika Swyler “A beautifully crafted and hand-illustrated debut novel about a mysterious book that holds the key to a curse that has haunted a family of traveling circus performers for generations SimonContinue reading “Debut Fiction, 2015”

The Anticipation Is Killing Me: A Top Ten List

I’m too tired this week to come up with anything remotely amusing for this week’s list introduction. So I’ll leave it at this: I hate anticipation. Whoever said anticipation is the purest form of pleasure lied. Who likes to wait? Or be surprised? Or not know something? I can assure you it’s not me. PatienceContinue reading “The Anticipation Is Killing Me: A Top Ten List”

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Hannah Kent’s novel is stunning, almost unfairly so given it’s her debut novel. ‘Burial Rites’ is the sophisticated, yet simple telling of Agnes Magnúsdóttir’s story. She was the last woman executed in Iceland. Unprepared for dealing with a murderess, the courts sent her to the remote family farm of Jón Jónsson, his wife Margret, andContinue reading “Burial Rites by Hannah Kent”

The Rathbones by Janice Clark

If Tim Burton collaborated with Charles Addams to rewrite and combine The Odyssey and Moby-Dick, you would get ‘The Rathbones’. Janice Clark’s singular debut, a gothic adventure novel set in New England, is one of the most intriguing new novels this year (for the imagery and originality, if nothing else). Lest you think I jest about the strainsContinue reading “The Rathbones by Janice Clark”

Godforsaken Idaho by Shawn Vestal

It is possible that Dorothy Parker once said ‘The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity’. Dorothy Parker was a wise woman. She also said, rather correctly, ‘I like to have a martini, two at the very most. After three I’m under the table, after four I’m under my host.’ Indeed.Continue reading “Godforsaken Idaho by Shawn Vestal”