Book Review: The Dishwasher by Stephane Larue

Book Review: The Dishwasher by Stephane Larue

As I write this review, The Dishwasher by Stephane Laure, translated from the French by Pablo Strauss was named winner of the Amazon Canada First Novel Award just a few days ago. A prize devoted to first-time novelists only, it’s a highly-coveted way of...
Book Review: Bellini and the Sphinx by Tony Bellotto

Book Review: Bellini and the Sphinx by Tony Bellotto

Are you a fan of ‘noir fiction’ ? Do you even know what ‘noir’ means? There are various definitions for it, but I found this wikipedia listing pretty thorough, and the first sentence does enough for my purposes here: “In its modern form,...
Book Review: Sleepless Night by Margriet de Moor

Book Review: Sleepless Night by Margriet de Moor

Written by the “grand dame of Dutch literature”, Sleepless Night by Margriet de Moor is 122 pages of reminiscing and remembrance. Translated from the Dutch by David Doherty, it follows a widow over one sleepless night as she bakes a Bundt cake in the dead of winter,...
Book Review: The Plotters by Un-Su Kim

Book Review: The Plotters by Un-Su Kim

I think this book may be the most ‘masculine’ thing I have ever read, except for maybe a GQ magazine article about belts. The Plotters by Un-Su Kim, translated into English by Sora Kim-Russell features men, lots of men, and they’re either fighting,...