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Tell me a Riddle

Confession: I had never heard of Tillie Olsen until I bumped into a short story competition with her name attached. Some google followed, in which I found this short story “I stand here ironing”  http://producer.csi.edu/cdraney/2011/278/resources/olsen_ironing.pdf and...
We don’t know what we’re doing – Thomas Morris

We don’t know what we’re doing – Thomas Morris

Somewhere in the ancient history of 2015 this collection of short stories was published, and praised, and Mr Thomas Morris, (educated in Welsh only, as you will find noted everywhere) was asked to give his opinion on all sorts of things writing. Possibly rightly so....
Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun  (a novel)

Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun (a novel)

By Sarah Ladipo Manyika 118 pages of loveliness. Why? Hard to write down in a few words: you wouldn’t initially say, but this book is different from any you’ve ever read. Not because it has a Nigerian heroine who’s living in America (think Americanah) not because...
Homesick for another world

Homesick for another world

Moshfegh has been compared to Flannery O’Connor, Jim Thompson, Shirley Jackson and Patricia Highsmith but her voice and her mastery of language and tone are unique. One of the most gifted and exciting young writers in America, is what people say. Admitted, I loved the...
There are Jews in my house.

There are Jews in my house.

Lara Vapnyar knows how to write a setting, describing a time, a place, and as such it was nice to be in Russia (mostly Moscow) for the duration of the collection. A bit too spelled out, to my liking, at times, but worth borrowing from your library or friend if you...