Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.


Literary Fiction

The Lost Kings by Tyrell Johnson

The Lost Kings explores the boundaries of memory, trauma, and family ties. When Jeanie King's mother died in an accident, she and her brother Jamie were raised by their aunt and uncle until their father came home from the war... Continue Reading →

The Patron Saint of Second Chances by Christine Simon

The Patron Saint of Second Chances seems a perfect novel to turn into a movie which would be perfect because it would become a book about making a movie about making a movie. Signor Speranza, or Mr. Hope, is the... Continue Reading →

Neruda on the Park by Cleyvis Natera

Neruda on the Park looks at the effects of gentrification and the efforts to combat it. The Guerreros live in Nothar Park, a New York City neighborhood with many immigrants from the Dominican Republic. There's a strong sense of community... Continue Reading →

All the Secrets of the World by Steve Almond

All the Secrets of the World is the story of two families drawn into dangerous waters by an unlikely and erratic friendship. When a well-meaning teacher assigned Lorena Saenz, the daughter of a single mom who is undocumented,  to work... Continue Reading →

The Appeal by Janice Hallet

The Appeal is a new take on the epistolary novel, though rather than well-thought-out correspondence between two people, it's a collection of text messages and e-mails among several people that are being reviewed by junior lawyers to look for grounds... Continue Reading →

Hell of a Book by Jason Mott

Hell of a Book is a hell of a book. Once upon a time, meta meant self-referential, like a book about a book by an author writing about an author. The central character of this book is an author on... Continue Reading →

Honor by Thrity Umrigar

Honor is a book about a dangerous word. Honor should be about doing the right thing but it is often twisted into defining a person's worth by how completely they control the women in their family. We all have heard... Continue Reading →

Girl A by Abigail Dean

Girl A asks what happens to the children who survive one of those infamous traumas that become a cause celebre. Lex Gracie is Girl A, one of the six Gracie siblings rescued from horrific child abuse when she frees herself... Continue Reading →

Burntcoat by Sarah Hall

Burntcoat is the story of Edith Harkness and her reconciliation with Death as she prepares for her end from the relapse of a frightful disease, part of a global pandemic. She reminisces about her life, most of her memories concentrate... Continue Reading →

Cormorant Lake by Faith Merino

Cormorant Lake is a story of choosing your own family, generation after generation. It begins as Evelyn is fleeing with two children she has, more or less, kidnapped from their incompetent and addicted mother after she found the youngest half-drowned... Continue Reading →

Nazaré by JJ Amaworo Wilson

Nazaré is the story of Kin, a young, homeless boy, and how he with the help of many others liberated his people from the brutal dictatorship of the Matanza family. It begins one morning on the beach where he discovered... Continue Reading →

Femlandia by Christina Dalcher

Remember 2008 when the economy collapsed and everyone was wondering what to do. What if there were no interventions to keep the economy afloat? What if the banks failed, the cities ran out of money to pay fire and police,... Continue Reading →

The Family by Naomi Krupitsky

The Family is the story of two girls who became best friends. This seemed inevitable as their fathers were best friends and inevitably, so were their mothers. They were family, but in more ways than one. Their fathers were also... Continue Reading →

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

Harlem Shuffle is the story of Ray Carney, whose father was an infamous criminal, but who has graduated college and thanks to a lucky "inheritance" bought a furniture business and respectability. Not quite enough respectability for his in-laws, but he's... Continue Reading →

Jane Austen and Shelley In the Garden by Janet Todd

Jane Austen and Shelley In the Garden is a difficult book to describe in a sentence. It's a story of friendships new and old. Fran and Annie have been friends for most of their lives. They love each other even though... Continue Reading →

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