Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.


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Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna

Two Girls Down is a compelling mystery that grabbed me from the first page and never let go. Single mother Jamie Brandt is taking her girls to a birthday party, stops at a store to run in and pick up a... Continue Reading →

The O. Henry Prize Stories 2017 ed. by Laura Furman

The O. Henry Prize Stories 2017 is a stunning collection of twenty short stories published in the past year in literary magazines in the U.S. and Canada. I noticed that Elizabeth McCracken, one of my favorite writers, was among the jurists,... Continue Reading →

Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo

Ayobami Adebayo's Stay With Me tells the story of a young couple who are very much in love, Akin and Yegide. Unfortunately, after four years of marriage, she is still not pregnant and the family has pushed Akin into take a... Continue Reading →

Cockfosters by Helen Simpson

Cockfosters is a collection of short stories by Helen Simpson. There are nine stories all named after a place. Yes, Cockfosters is a place, a London suburb. Most of them are quite short. Berlin is more a novella, occupying almost half... Continue Reading →

Fractured Lands by Scott Anderson

Sometimes current events are so complex that looking at them from a global or nation-state level is confusing and chaotic. The way to understand them is to go back to the human scale, to look at events through the eyes... Continue Reading →

My Cat Yugoslavia by Pajtim Statovci

I love it when a sentence takes an unexpected turn, surprising and delighting me. That happened early in Pajtim Statovci's My Cat Yugoslavia. Bekim, a young Albanian Kosovar who lives in exile in Finland is at a gay bar and observing... Continue Reading →

The Nix by Nathan Hill

The Nix is an ambitious book that moves from 1968 to 2011 and from character to character. The heart of the story is the relationship, or lack thereof, between Samuel Anderson and his mother Faye Andresen Anderson. For some reason she... Continue Reading →

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