Lucky Me.

Amy Bloom’s Lucky Us is as strange as its cover. Bloom tells us about some weird, wonderful, and terrible people who live haphazard lives in which weird, wonderful, and terrible things happen. The story unfolds quickly through the narrative devices Bloom uses; alternating between different characters’ points of view, and using narration and correspondence in […]

Ninth Ward; Or, The “Resilience” Narrative of Poverty Reduction Can Fuck Right Off

Jewell Parker Rhodes’ Ninth Ward is a work of art in content and cover. Ninth Ward’s Lanesha is a 12-year old girl abandoned by her relatives and raised by the elderly midwife who birthed her, her mother having died in childbirth. Lanesha has “the sight,” an ability to perceive that which is beyond the physical. […]

The Joy Luck Club; Or, Rachel Green Was Missing Out

There’s this one episode of Friends where Rachel and Monica are out having dinner, and Rachel’s trying to impress a guy. He starts talking about books, and mentions Amy Tan. Rachel perks up at this delightful coincidence, and slaps his bicep playfully, declaring, “Why, I have The Joy Luck Club sitting on my nightstand right […]

Dept. of Speculation; Or, Huh.

Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation is a small book for a small audience. One important aspect of reading is discovering words for things that have hitherto only been felt by the reader. Among others, Ann Patchett and Barbara Kingsolver are these authors for me. Even more challenging for the author is the socially important task of introducing the reader to a […]

Re Jane; Or, How To Find Yourself Where You Are

Re Jane is Patricia Park’s 21st century retelling of Jane Eyre in the form of a half-Korean/half-indiscriminately-White-American orphan from Queens. In broad strokes, Park’s novel mirrors Bronte’s: Re is orphaned at a young age and sent to live with harsh relatives far away. She takes a job as a nanny, vastly under utilizing her great […]