Category Archives: contemporary fiction

The Gravity of Love by Sara Stridsberg

Translated from the Swedish by Deborah Bragan-Turner, read by Kristin Milward I didn’t expect this to be so darkly beautiful but The Gravity of Love by Sara Stridsberg gets 5 stars (6 if I could!) from me. It’s a truly … Continue reading

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Shelter in Place by Alexander Maksik, read by James Patrick Cronin

James Patrick Cronin performance as the voice of Joseph March is raw edged and brittle. Joe is a young man who lives with depression., although he would never call it that. Cronin’s voice moves between no emotion, to a strained, taut characterisation, … Continue reading

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The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood, read by Alisa Piper

What have you done Charlotte Wood? You have made Golding’s Lord of the Flies for this century and you have made it so very thrilling and real. Verla wakes from a drugged sleep. She doesn’t know where she is, nor why she’s … Continue reading

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Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta (narrated by Robin Miles)

In 2014 the President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan signed into law an act making homosexuality punishable by 14 years in prison. In Nigeria’s north, homosexuality is punishable by death by stoning. Under the Udala Trees confronts the issues of being a lesbian … Continue reading

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A Girl is a Half Formed Thing, by Eimear McBride (narrated by the author)

I’ve never read anything like this book. Starting this novel is like diving into unexpectedly cold water – it snaps you wide awake: For you. You’ll soon. You’ll give her name. In the stitches of her skin she’ll wear your … Continue reading

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The Story of My Teeth, by Valeria Luiselli

Translated by Christina MacSweeney, narrated by Armando Durán and Thom Rivera. “…the world of the mind is based on a compromise with logic.” (Vladimir Nabokov, Pnin) Absurd and thoroughly enchanting, the story and Luiselli’s writing are magical. It’s rare I feel bereft on … Continue reading

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The Story of the Lost Child, by Elena Ferrante

Translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein, narrated by Hillary Huber. “I’m a scribble on a scribble, completely unsuitable for one of your books…one doesn’t tell the story of an erasure.” Lila has disappeared and has destroyed as much evidence of … Continue reading

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The Green Road, by Anne Enright (read by Alana Kerr, Lloyd Jones and Gerard Doyle)

To say this book is a tragicomic Irish family saga boxes it all a bit too neatly and doesn’t remotely do justice to the book or the author. Rosaleen, the Madigan matriarch, asks her four children to come home for … Continue reading

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The Days of Abandonment, by Elena Ferrante (read by Hillary Huber)

Translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein, narrated by Hillary Huber. Ferrante is touted as one of Italy’s finest writers and her talent is again apparent here. In The Days Of Abandonment, Ferrante presents the uncontained grief of 38 year … Continue reading

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The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante

Translated by Ann Goldstein, narrated by Hillary Huber. There has been a lot of hype surrounding Ferrante’s books since being translated into English and it is extremely well deserved. I was actually a little intimidated writing a review for this audiobook because … Continue reading

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