A review of Tom Miller’s The Philosopher’s Flight, published on February 13, 2018 by Simon and Schuster.
Robert Weekes dreams of being the first male in the US Sigilry Corps Rescue and Evacuation Service, a team of flying medics serving in World War I. Instead, he’s stuck in Montana, helping his mother – a former soldier in several previous wars and the County Philosopher – serve the locals. When a local family is tragically murdered, Robert gets to put his skills to the test and earns a scholarship to study at Radcliffe, an all-female school in Boston. There, he will have to prove his mettle to the women who don’t believe men have the ability – or the right – to be in their exclusive field.
Review of Lindsay Jayne Ashford’s Whisper of the Moon Moth, published on 10/1/2017 by Lake Union Publishing.
Whisper of the Moon Moth tells the story of Merle Oberon – born Estelle Merle O’Brien Thompson – who became a Hollywood legend. Growing up in Calcutta, India, she set off to London with a one-way ticket to pursue her dream of being on the silver screen after a chance encounter with a rich American heir with connections in the movie industry. To hide her Indian heritage, Estelle Thompson became Merle Oberon and quickly rose the ranks of the industry, starring opposite Leslie Howard in The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) and Laurence Olivier in Wuthering Heights (1939).
It seems like only yesterday we were celebrating the start of 2018, and here we are in March already! Here is my bimonthly recap for January and February 2018. Enjoy! 🙂
A review of Heather Lloyd’s My Name is Venus Black, published on February 27, 2018 by Random House Publishing Group (Random House).
My Name is Venus Black tells the story of Venus who, as a straight-A student interested in astronomy, commits a terrible crime that tears her family apart. At the same time, her mentally handicapped younger brother, Leo, also goes missing. Venus spends more than five years in juvenile detention, and when she is released at nineteen, she is determined to start her life fresh with a new identity. But it is only a matter of time before the past catches up with her, and she will have to decide what to do with it when it does.
A review of Akwaeke Emezi’s debut novel, Freshwater, published on February 13, 2018 by Grove Atlantic.
Ada, born in Nigeria with “one foot on the other side,” was a troubled child who develops separate selves within her mind: a group of Ọgbanje who call themselves “We.” When Ada goes to America for college, a traumatic event causes those separate selves to manifest into Asụghara and Saint Vincent, who came through a window and solidified themselves in the white marble of her mind. As these alternate selves vie for control, Ada’s life becomes dark and dangerous.
A review of Rachel Lyon’s Self-Portrait with Boy, published on February 6, 2018 by Scribner.
It tells the story of Lu Rile, a young photographer in 1990s New York, who is both highly ambitious yet still an unknown. When she accidentally captures a young boy falling to his death in the background of her latest self-portrait, Self-Portrait #400, she is startled to discover that it is her best work to date, a self-proclaimed “masterpiece.” This is the portrait that will put her on the map in the art world, but doing so could be detrimental to her growing friendship with the boy’s mother, Kate, who lives upstairs. Lu questions what she is willing to do for success as she struggles with whether or not to show Kate the photo.
A review of A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America, published on February 6, 2018 by Crown Publishing.
A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America was a powerful look at rape culture in America. We follow the story of Marie, a young woman who was raped in 2008 in her own apartment in Washington. Only a few days later, she recanted her statement to police, claiming that she falsely reported her rape. When she tried to re-report her rape, she was “bullied” into recounting her statement again and was later criminally charged for wasting police time and resources.