Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.


Literary Fiction

Opioid, Indiana by Brian Allen Carr

Opioid, Indiana chronicles a week in the life of seventeen-year-old Riggle, an orphan living with his uncle in a nameless Indiana town he calls Opioid. He is not being ironic. He has just been suspended for a week thanks to... Continue Reading →


The Diver’s Game by Jesse Ball

The Diver's Game is a painful book to read in Trump's America. It is set in a society that has embraced inequality, not only of outcomes but of opportunities. Ball imagines a society that feels beset by refugees. They decide... Continue Reading →

Hope Farm by Peggy Frew

Hope Farm is the story of a girl  named Silver coming of age in a commune named Hope after growing up in one communal home after another. She is a self-reliant and mature girl whose mother Ishtar is shamed when... Continue Reading →

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

This Tender Land is one of my most anticipated books for September. I enjoy William Kent Krueger's Cork O'Connor series, but I loved his standalone novel "Ordinary Grace" which is so much more than the mystery is seems at first... Continue Reading →

The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

The Beekeeper of Aleppo is the story of the times we live in–a time when upheaval around the world is driving people from their homes in search of safety elsewhere, usually in neighboring countries. Turkey, Pakistan, Lebanon, Jordan, and Ethiopia... Continue Reading →

Hunter’s Moon by Phil Caputo

Hunter's Moon is a collection of short stories centered on an Upper Peninsula community that is oriented toward hunting and fishing tourism. Characters from one story show up in another, tying them together in a a novelistic anthology. The first... Continue Reading →

This Is Not America by Jordi Puntí

This Is Not America is a collection of nine short stories mostly taking place in Barcelona, but also with Catalans traveling abroad. The first and last stories are the strangest. In the first, "Vertical", a man is waking the 'I'... Continue Reading →

The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin

The Last Romantics is a sibling love story. The Skinner children's relatively normal life was interrupted when their father died and their mother sank into a depression that left them to rely on themselves for three years, three years they... Continue Reading →

First Cosmic Velocity by Zach Powers

First Cosmic Velocity is a bizarre and wonderful book that tells us the story of the Russian cosmonauts, but not really. Imagine that the scientists could not quite get that reentry thing to work. Knowing what happens to people who... Continue Reading →

We Are All Good People Here by Susan Rebecca White

College roommates! If you're unlucky, as I was, you will be relieved when she is expelled. If you're lucky, you will get along. If you're really lucky, you will have a lifetime friend. Daniella and Eve were really lucky. Their... Continue Reading →

Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton

If I were to survive an apocalyptic world-changing event, there is no one I would rather have by my side than S.T. (Shit Turd), a brilliant, belligerent, and loyal crow. Of course, being human, I would be one of the... Continue Reading →

Turbulence by David Szalay

Turbulence is a striking novel, a fresh story that feels like many stories. It begins with a flight from London to Madrid. She talks to a seatmate and the next chapter follows him. And the third chapter follows another person... Continue Reading →

Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Fleishman Is in Trouble is a funny, acerbic book about midlife crises and how people struggle through them. It is all about marriage and how they break and how they stick. Marriage is on the minds of the main characters.... Continue Reading →

Feast Day of the Cannibals by Norman Lock

Feast Day of the Cannibals is the sixth in the American Novels series by Norman Lock at Bellevue Literary Press. It tells the story of Shelby Ross, a formerly wealthy man whose been bankrupted by a depression. He's hired to... Continue Reading →

The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean

There are hundreds of books that tell of children in jeopardy, children who disappeared, who ran away, were lost, stolen, or murdered. The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone is a fresh approach to that common storyline as it is told from... Continue Reading →

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