Guernsey. A tiny British tax-haven, just off the coast of France. The only territory of the crown that was ever occupied by the Nazis during the Second World War… Unfortunately, this happened to be almost everything I knew about Guernsey. That is until I got my hands on Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer […]Read more "Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society"
When I put “Deathless” down, all of a sudden the world seemed hazy and a little grayer than normal. Communist house-elves, Baba Yaga supporting Soviet ideology, Zmei Gorynich, the three-headed treasure-hoarding dragon executing the victims of Stalinist repressions (probably he’s a secret Targaryen?), and of course, Koschei the “Deathless” and Marya Morevna… It is a book that left […]Read more "Comrade “Deathless”"
She loved him even before the moment she first saw him. A child, infatuated with the mere idea of the handsome and well-educated young writer living next-door. Hours on end, she would look through the keyhole or stand beneath his windows, struggling to get a glimpse of the world that was his. Somehow, she thought, […]Read more "The Letter from an unknown woman"
1920, Berlin. A young woman jumps into a canal, only to be saved by a passing police-man. Her body bears the marks of violence. After a brief stint at a local asylum and months and months of refusals to reveal her true identity, the troubled young woman begins to claim she is, in fact, the […]Read more "Anna Anderson: Resurrecting Anastasia"
The Opposite of Loneliness… Some books are like a diary. Every page is a little intrusion into the live of the author, that bares his soul before you, and thus – in some inexplicable way – touches your own. This is what this book felt like, and here’s a short review – from a closet […]Read more "The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan"
Here comes the bride, all dressed in white… and the Outlander book fandom goes: Well, no…. not 84 years, but some of the most loyal fans of Diana Gabaldon’s masterpiece have been waiting for this moment for almost as much time as I walk this earth. The fandom has always been that strong – before […]Read more "A very Sassenach wedding"
Parental love, loss, helplessness and broken childhoods… The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline follows the story of Molly, a troubled teenager of American Indian descent, who, by the age of 17 has lived in a string of foster homes. One day, after Molly gets caught stealing Jane Eyre from the local library, her paths cross […]Read more "Orphan train by C. Baker Kline"