Currently reading – Norma Jeane Baker of Troy, by Anne Carson. Born in 1950, Carson is a Canadian poet, essayist, and translator of the Classics. This slim book (a long poem) contrasts Norma Jeane Baker (Marilyn Monroe) with Helen of Troy.
Currently reading – Season of Migration to the North, by Tayeb Salih. Born in 1929, Salih was one of a Sudan’s greatest authors. This book is about the impact of British colonialism on rural African communities. Salih died in 2009.
Currently reading – The Water Cure, by Sophie Mackintosh. Mackintosh is a British writer born in 1988. This is a sort of post-apocalyptic novel about three sisters isolated on a remote island… until some men show up.
Currently reading – The Snow Hunters. Born in 1980, Yoon is an American writer and half of a literary power couple – he’s married to novelist and short story writer Laura van den Berg. This novel is about a defector from the Korean War who makes a new life on the coast of Brazil.
Currently reading – Transit by Rachel Cusk. Born in 1967, Cusk is a Canadian writer who lives in England. This is the second book in her “Outline” trilogy.
Currently reading – The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Born in 1975, Coates is an American author and journalist. This novel is a sort of magical realist story that takes place in the Deep South before the Civil War.
Currently reading – The Stone Angel, by Margaret Laurence. Born in 1926, Laurence was a Canadian novelist and a prominent figure in Canadian literature. This novel is about a ninety-year-old woman reflecting on her life. Laurence died in 1987.