My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

If you want to read something unusual then pick up My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh.  I bought this novel completely blind, as is so often the way, tempted by a clever cover.  I’d seen it in the UK over the summer, but when I visited my local bookstore in the fall, […]

Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill

I at once loved Dept. Of Speculation by Jenny Offill and had to acknowledge that I had never read anything quite like it. It’s so beautiful and well done that frankly it has rendered me bereft of words to describe it. To tell you what this story is about, hardly seems to do it justice […]

The Widow by Fiona Barton

If you have pesky commitments like a day job, mortgage, kids, then picking up The Widow by Fiona Barton, is probably not your best idea. Some books, the best kind, demand to be read from the second you pick them up and The Widow is one such novel. Jean Taylor is the kind of woman […]

How to be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman

I know what you are thinking, Dear Reader. You are guessing that The Husband purchased this book, having seen the title, in hope of some improvements on the home front! Alas, no, I have no one but myself to thank for this little odyssey. Myself and the marvellous writing of Emma Chapman. How to be […]

An Accident in August by Laurence Cosse

As surely as every American of a certain generation knows where they were the night Kennedy died, the same can be said of every Brit on the morning the news broke of Diana’s death. Whether you were a fan or not and yes, public opinion on Diana was very mixed at the time of her […]

Slade House by David Mitchell

A friend and I were recently discussing David Mitchell and just what a great career he has had. Her observation was that he was ‘a very male writer’, creative, logical and left of center. Although these characteristics are not only associated with male novelists, I could see what she meant. Many years ago, I read […]