Annotations: My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels #1)

Thoughts. As much as I fancy eccentric taste and being glamorously out of sync with my contemporaries, on the heels of My Brilliant Friend (the novel) and The Lost Daughter (the film), it turns out I love Elena Ferrante. Just like everyone else. The prose in My Brilliant Friend is unmentionable. This is a comment meant as praise. Ferrante is notContinue reading “Annotations: My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels #1)”

Annotations: Stone Fruit

Lee Lai’s debut is the kind of story that could not be effectively told in words alone. It is a story that demands imagery, a story for which depth is built via visual effect and, often, the absence of lengthy prose. It is a story, in short, that sings as a graphic novel and representsContinue reading “Annotations: Stone Fruit”

Annotations: The Illness Lesson

Thoughts. I am not Clare Beams’ target audience; I read little historical fiction, and enjoy even less. That said, I recommend The Illness Lesson highly to lovers of the genre. Beams not only captures the facts of the early 19th century, but also the feel. If you’re at all interested in the development of genderedContinue reading “Annotations: The Illness Lesson”

Annotations: These Silent Woods

Thoughts. I have absolutely no idea how These Silent Woods ended up on my Want to Read shelf, which is not an altogether unusual occurrence. I tend to add books to that particular shelf with wild abandon; the strategy is add now—usually, in the midst of a 3 a.m. insomnia-laced internet spiral—cull later. But when later arrived,Continue reading “Annotations: These Silent Woods”

Annotations: Rave

Thoughts. There’s something wonderfully angsty about Rave. Jessica Campbell manages, in many of her panels to capture the peculiar emotions associated specifically with adolescence. In the phone call panels, for instance, Campbell masterfully captures both ecstasy and agony—the first in the scene in which Lauren chats with Mariah after their first sleepover, the second in theContinue reading “Annotations: Rave”

Annotations: Girl at War

Thoughts. It is, perhaps, indicative of my reading habits that I found a novel centered on atrocities that occurred during the Yugoslavian civil war one of my more uplifting reads of the last several years. The events of the novel, of course, are horrifying—Ana’s experience of war at such a young an age can beContinue reading “Annotations: Girl at War”

Annotations: The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish

Thoughts. Katya Apekina’s debut, The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish, is the sort of novel I’m inclined to love deeply but acknowledge is impossible to recommend broadly. That said, I hope I’m mistaken; it has a 4-star average rating on Goodreads, which suggests I’m not giving the reading public enough credit. Apekina’s novel reminds meContinue reading “Annotations: The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish”

Annotations: Motherhood

Thoughts. Motherhood is one of those books that lends itself easily to contradictions. It’s technically fiction, but I’d hesitate to call it a novel—which is not my way of saying it’s autofiction; it is, of course, but my unwillingness to categorize it as a novel is rooted more in its experimental form than in the assumptionContinue reading “Annotations: Motherhood”

Annotations: This Is How You Lose the Time War

Favorite words. Eating’s gross, isn’t it? In the abstract, I mean. When you’re used to hyperspace recharging stations, to sunlight and cosmic rays, when most of the beauty you’ve known lies in a great machine’s heart, it’s hard to see the appeal of using bones that poke from spit-coated gums to mash things that grewContinue reading “Annotations: This Is How You Lose the Time War”