The Mermaid by Christina Henry

Told in third-person narration in three alternating perspectives, The Mermaid is an enchanting piece of historical fiction that looks into P.T. Barnum’s Feejee Mermaid Hoax of the 1840s. The world Henry crafted is one where the mermaid – Amelia Douglas – was real, and a willing participant in the exhibitions in order to earn money and see the world of humans.

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Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan

4.5 stars. Wow. I am currently at a loss for words. This debut novel by Clarissa Goenawan is a book that will stay with you when you finish. Rainbirds begins with the funeral of Keiko Ishida, a young teacher that was brutally murdered late one night. The police have no leads, and her brother Ren discovers just how much he didn’t know about her. Continue reading

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The Red Word by Sarah Henstra

Solid 4.5 stars — This is one of the most nuanced and beautifully complex novels tackling gender politics that I have read. Artfully written, I felt like I was an unseen spectator of the events that unfolded as Karen begins to unpack layers of institutionalized sexism and misogyny. Continue reading

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