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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My Name is Venus Black by Heather Lloyd

My Name Is Venus Black is a beautifully written novel that follows the lives of two families in the aftermath of Venus’ crime that set multiple things in motion and altered the courses of many lives. Initially the story is told from two point-of-views, Venus and Leo, but as the tale progresses more perspectives are included in the mix to give a well-rounded and full picture of what is happening and the impact. Continue reading

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