Starting with the birth of conjoined twin brothers, Marion and Shiva Stone, (who are separated at birth) it spans their coming of age in Ethiopia leading up to the revolution, their paths toward medicine, and their eventual estrangement over a childhood friend. Marion and Shiva’s mother was an Indian nun who died giving birth to them, and their father was an English surgeon who disappeared … Continue reading Mini Book Review: Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese
A girl comes of age against the knife. She must learn to bear its blade. To be cut. To bleed. To scar over and still, somehow, be beautiful and with good enough knees to take the sponge to the kitchen floor every Saturday. You’re either lost or you’re found.”Betty ~Tiffany McDaniel
Wow. This book is both painfully hard and utterly heartbreaking, as well as a powerfully beautiful work of literature. It goes without saying, that this book broke my heart. I think what made it more hard to digest, was knowing this book was based on the author’s mother, Betty’s life.Continue reading “Book Review: Betty by Tiffany McDaniel”
I finished my second book and second 5 star read of 2021! This was my very first Barabara Kingsolver book, and I can now understand the praise her books and writing receive!
I started this book one night and finished it the next. I normally read very few contemporary fiction, but Animal Dreams totally captured my interest.
This is a beautiful and evocative book about a woman finding herself and purpose.Continue reading “Mini Review: Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver”
I finished The Innocents last night, and I’m still trying to process all that occurred within in the space of the last few chapters.
At first glance, The Innocents is a story of survival–how a brother and sister fend for themselves in a deserted cove off the shores of Newfoundland. Diving further into the book, however, there are nuanced layers and disturbing themes I didn’t foresee. The ending left me disturbed, shocked, and contemplative. I was reminded of the Romantic English poet, William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience. Especially the contrast between the “The Lamb,” in the first section and “The Tyger’ in the latter. I felt the characters in this book were a merging of the two contrasts: innocent, and yet so far from innocent at the same time.Continue reading “The Startling Contrast Between Innocence and Experience in The Innocents by Michael Crummey”