Review: The Sunlight Pilgrims

The Sunlight Pilgrims
The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A wonderful apocalypse story – the story slowly unfolds as the earth slowly descends into a new ice age. The author’s focus remains upon the three (very intriguing) main characters, but we are fully aware of the social and economic disintegration happening around them. Recommended for fans of Station Eleven.



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Review: The Garden of Last Days

The Garden of Last Days
The Garden of Last Days by Andre Dubus III

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A cast of deeply flawed (in some cases far less than sympathetic) characters intersect as they play out their own doomed fates and make bad life choices. The book made me uncomfortable, even angry, but I suspect this was Dubus’ intent. Much more than just a book about “where were you on September 10th, 2011?” this is masterful storytelling.



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Review: The Girls at the Kingfisher Club

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club
The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Always a fan of re-told fairy tales, I was not disappointed with this one. Based on “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” by the Brothers Grimm (one of my all-time favourites), this version takes place in the speakeasies and dance halls of the Roaring Twenties. Valentine’s rather quirky, and very parenthetical, writing style suits the fairy tale nature of the re-telling and successfully immerses the reader in 1920s Manhattan. A fun read!



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