The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Anne-Marie has provided the forward for this week’s Blog. She writes: Sylvia Plath’s classic novel, The Bell Jar was written in Primrose Hill in north London after her husband, poet Ted Hughes, left her. Published in England under a pseudonym, Victoria Lucas, to mostly tepid reviews (“girlish” “amateur”- the New Yorker), in January 1963, aContinue reading “The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath”

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

American Wife is a fictionalised account of the life of Laura Bush. Like many fictionalised accounts of real people, it can sometimes be hard to decipher the truth from the fiction. It tells the story of Alice (Laura Bush) and Charlie (George W Bush) from Alice’s early ears growing up in Wisconsin (Texas) to Charlie’sContinue reading “American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld”

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

Man Booker Prize Winner 2019 This  a story about women, lots of black women. They are all connected in some way be it daughters, work colleges, friends or family. At times it does become difficult keeping track of who is who such is the number of characters and the number of links between them. ButContinue reading “Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo”

A Manual for a Decent Life by Kavita A Jindal

Bookclub were very lucky to be joined by the author Kavita A Jindal to discuss her book Manual for a Decent Life. I loved the book. It tells the story of Waheeda and her relationship with Monish. Waheeda is an Islamic woman from the providence of Uttar Pradesh, India who is separated from her husbandContinue reading “A Manual for a Decent Life by Kavita A Jindal”

Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner

The language in this book is beautiful, as is the writing style. Whilst some have stated that it is short on plot, (and it is true, the narrative meanders rather than races along), the prose is stunning. It tells the story of Adam a young American who is in Spain on a foundation scholarship toContinue reading “Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner”

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Pulitzer Prize winner 2017 I thought it was appropriate that in Black History Month we discuss this book. This book is a Pulitzer Prize winner and tells the story of Cora, a runaway slave from Georgia as she flees from the brutality of a Georgia plantation in a desperate bid for freedom. Along the wayContinue reading “The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead”

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

This is a profoundly moving story of a perilous escape to El Norte (America) by a mother (Lydia) and her eight-year-old son (Luca) across Mexico. It deals with robberies, rape, dangerous journeys on the top of trains, through deserts all while being followed by members of a cruel cartel. Their journey is prompted by theContinue reading “American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins”

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a 1969 Autobiography of African American author and poet Maya Angelou. It is the first in a seven-volume series and deals with her life between the ages of three to seventeen. The book is thematic, eloquent and profound. It deals with issues such as identity, rape, traumaContinue reading “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou”

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