Before Your Memory Fades

Title: Before Your Memory Fades Writer: Toshikazu Kawaguchi (translated by Geoffrey Trousselot) Publishing House: Picador Date of Publication: August 30th 2022 (first published September 2018) Rating: 5 stars ‘’I don’t like the idea of dying with regrets.’’ In the café Donna Donna in beautiful Hakodate, lives are unfolding as autumn approaches. A heartbroken daughter wants…

Hare House

Title: Hare House Writer: Sally Hinchcliffe Publishing House: Mantle Date of Publication: January 6th 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’We walked through a landscape bleached with frost, the earth standing hard and frozen. Ice crept everywhere. Even the streams had begun to freeze, ice fingering out from their edges, tombing them over. Yet the cold left…

The Black Dreams: Strange Stories from Northern Ireland

Title: The Black Dreams: Strange Stories from Northern Ireland Writer: Various edited by Reggie Chamberlain- King Publishing House: Blackstaff Press Date of Publication:  October 4th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ”A dream possesses all of Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland is a sort of fairyland too. It is a place of outspoken symbols and unspoken rules,…

Escape Routes

Title: Escape Routes Writer: Naomi Ishiguro Publishing House: Tinder Press Date of Publication: February 6th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’I can climb out on to the roof from the windows and see the whole metropolis stretched out before me, those hundreds of buildings – white, or grey, or black, depending on how filthy they are…

How to Make Paper When the World is Ending

Title: How to Make Paper When the World Is Ending Writer: Dallas Woodburn Publishing House: Koehler Books Date of Publication: June 28th 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’But sometimes stories are all we have.’’ Story to Tell Around a Campfire: The narrator instructs us how to tell the tale of Hannah and Mark, a couple who…

The First Person and Other Stories

Title: The First Person and Other Stories Writer: Ali Smith Publishing House: Hamish Hamilton Ltd Date of Publication: January 2nd 2008 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Williams Carlos Williams says that the short story, which acts like the flare of a match struck in the dark, is the only real form for describing the briefness, the brokenness…

Out There:Stories

Title: Out There: Stories Writer: Kate Folk Publishing House: Random House Date of Publication:  March 29th 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’By night our bones dissolve into our blood like sugar in tea. We sleep in anti-gravity pods with slick outer shells and vinyl interiors, our limbs held by Velcro straps, our torsos bound by cuirasses…

Dead Relatives

Τitle: Dead Relatives Writer: Lucie McKnight Hardy Publishing House: Dead Ink Date of Publication: October 21st 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’The garden lies quiet, as if it’s sleeping. Nothing grows this late in November, and everything is sad and grey. The only thing of beauty is the lake that lies at the bottom of the…

Drift

Title: Drift Writer: Caryl Lewis Publishing House:Random House UK Date of Publication: April 21st 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’A ripple. A disturbance on the sea that didn’t settle. Something that couldn’t be let go, and the warmth of the sun would magnify it into wind. And the wind would worry it until the weaves and…

You Are Eating an Orange. You Are Naked

Title: You Are Eating An Orange. You Are Naked Writer: Sheung – King Publishing House:  Book*hug Press Date of Publication: October 27th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’I am now alone, in a non-place, surrounded by street signs with names that are only phonetics – empty signifiers.’’ Two young people find and lose one another across…

The Ghosts of Rose Hill

Title: The Ghosts of Rose Hill Writer: R.M.Romero Publishing House: PeachTree Teen Date of Publication:  May 3rd 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Lopez means: son of Lope, son of wolf. But it’s the Lopez women who have always howled the loudest. They had to be fierce and stubborn to survive.’’ ‘’They fled the pyres (the flames…

How We Disappear: Novella & Stories

Title: How We Disappear:Novella & Stories Writer: Tara Lynn Masih Publishing House: Press 53 Date of Publication:  September 13th 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Yesterday I found myself in St. Servaasbasiliek, and lit two candles. Organ music wended its way into my history, drawing forth doubts. It is music – caught, held, and shot back down…

The Land of Short Sentences

Title: The Land of Short Sentence (original title:Meter i Sekundet) Writer: Stine Pilgaard (translated by Hunter Simpson) Publishing House: World Editions Date of Publication: March 1st 2022  (first published May 15th 2020) Rating: 5 stars ‘’We are still new to this field, and we walk through them with our baby carriage in a state of…

Life Ceremony

Title: Life Ceremony Writer: Sayaka Murata (translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori) Publishing House:Grove Press Date of Publication: July 5th 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’A hundred years later, what would our bodies be used for? Would we be chair legs or sweaters or clock hands? Would we be used for a longer time after our deaths…

Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean

Title: Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Carribean Writer: Various edited by Peekash Press Publishing House: Peekash Press Date of Publication:  March 17th 2014 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Here in the rocky haunts of the islanders themselves are landscapes where ‘’the rocks are sharper than a coconut vendor’s cutlass, and the waters lash with a vengeance,’’…

Amanda Gorman (Little People, Big Dreams)

Title: Amanda Gorman (Little People, Big Dreams) Writer: Maria Izabel Sanchez Vegara (illustrated by Queenbe Monyei) Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Rating: 5 stars “There is always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.”    Amanda Gorman A little girl from Los Angeles adores reading….

Mr Salary

Title: Mr Salary Writer: Sally Rooney Publishing House:  Faber & Faber Date of Publication: February 3rd 2019 (first published April 26th 2016) Rating: 5 stars ‘’It was in my nature to absorb large volumes of information during times of distress, like I could master the distress through intellectual dominance.’’ A young woman returns to Dublin…

Light Rains Sometimes Fall

Title: Light Rains Sometimes Fall Writer: Lev Parikian Publishing House: Elliott & Thompson Date of Publication: September 16th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Look beyond and there is a gentle rise, streets populated with lines of houses, a repeating tessellation of London brick. On a good day, with the sun slanting on them from a certain…

So Much For That Winter

Title: So Much For That Winter (original title: Det var så den vinter) Writer: Dorthe Nors, translated by Misha Hoekstra Publishing House: Graywolf Press Date of Publication:  June 15th 2016  Rating: 5 stars ‘’Night has descended on Amager. Denmark is laid in darkness. The Sound flows softly. The planes take off and land. Minna awakens….

Our Wives Under the Sea

Title: Our Wives Under the Sea Writer: Julia Armfield Publishing House: Picador Date of Publication: March 3rd 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’The deep sea is a haunted house: a place in which things that ought not to exist move about in the darkness. Unstill, is the word Leah uses, tilting her head to the side…