Book Review: THE ATLAS OF REDS AND BLUES by Devi S. Laskar

by Joshua Loveday When I first saw the title of Devi S. Laskar’s debut novel THE ATLAS OF REDS AND BLUES, I thought it was a Trump-era novel, the reds and blues being Republican and Democratic majority areas on a map. Now, I’m not so sure, though the novel does explore the bias individuals—and society… Continue reading Book Review: THE ATLAS OF REDS AND BLUES by Devi S. Laskar

Book Review: THE INCENDIARIES by R.O. Kwon

by Joshua Loveday We know from the first chapter of R.O. Kwon’s intriguing debut novel THE INCENDIARIES that something horrible has happened. “Buildings fell. People died. You once told me I hadn’t even tried to understand. So, here I am, trying.” The title of the book foreshadows an act of religious terrorism. The literal definition… Continue reading Book Review: THE INCENDIARIES by R.O. Kwon

Book Review: THE GARDEN PARTY by Grace Dane Mazur

by Joshua Loveday I was unaware of the comparisons of THE GARDEN PARTY by Grace Dane Mazur to Virginia Woolf when I first began reading it, but Mazur’s use of omniscient third-person POV and the story’s time frame—the entire novel takes place in one evening—brought Woolf’s MRS. DALLOWAY immediately to mind. So much so that… Continue reading Book Review: THE GARDEN PARTY by Grace Dane Mazur

Book Review: LAKE SUCCESS by Gary Shteyngart

by Joshua Loveday At first glance, the two main characters of Gary Shteyngart’s fourth novel Lake Success seem superficial and one-dimensional, but the story reveals so many nuanced layers that their entwined arcs become both tragic and heartwarming. Set against the backdrop of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Lake Success tells the story of wealthy… Continue reading Book Review: LAKE SUCCESS by Gary Shteyngart

Book Review: FUTURE HOME OF THE LIVING GOD by Louise Erdrich

by Joshua Loveday Louise Erdrich’s latest novel lay forgotten for years in the memory of an old Macintosh. Recovered and finished, polished and published, the novel is a departure from her previous works. Usually a literary wordsmith who combines contemporary and historical fiction, FUTURE HOME OF THE LIVING GOD is more speculative fiction about an… Continue reading Book Review: FUTURE HOME OF THE LIVING GOD by Louise Erdrich

Book Review: EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE by Jonathan Safron Foer

by Joshua Loveday This touching book by talented author Jonathan Safron Foer takes the definitive moment of this century—September 11, 2001—and weaves a tender tale of a nine-year-old autistic boy named Oskar coping with the death of his father in that tragedy. Foer adeptly allows the boy’s condition to envelop the narrator’s voice, letting the… Continue reading Book Review: EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE by Jonathan Safron Foer