Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin

Joannah Caborn Wengler This book describes the first two years that a young girl, Eilis, from Ireland spends in Brooklyn when she emigrates to the US in the 1950s. On the face of it, it ought to be a rollicking ride: with a sudden departure, a rough passage, homesickness and loneliness, and all the trials …

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Marina Lewycka: Various pets alive and dead. Penguin, 2012.

Joannah Caborn One of the best things about this book are the dedications. The first one: “To quietly flowing Don”. The second is a Gogol quote, from Dead Souls (1842): “We live in new times – the age of the hero is past – now is the time of the non-virtuous man.” Unfortunately, it goes …

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A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar – Suzanne Joinson

Joannah Caborn I wrote this review for a distance course in journalism that I'm taking, so just sit back and enjoy the style! There is a fine history of novels that start with a map, promising travel to distant places following outlandish characters and exotic plotlines. But Suzanne Joinson’s first novel does so much more …

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