Manazuru_Hiromi Kawakami

Manazuru by Hiromi Kawakami

Twelve years have passed since Kei’s husband, Rei, mysteriously vanished without a trace, leaving behind her and their 3-year-old daughter, Momo. Since then, Kei’s life has remained in a sort of limbo, populated by memories of Rei and their life together prior to his disappearance. She is ‘involved’ with a married man named Seiji, their […]... Read More
The New Moon with the Old_Dodie Smith

The New Moon with the Old by Dodie Smith

In the last two months, I’ve managed to achieve a kind of balance in regards to my reading repertoire, and as a reward to myself, I broke my cozy-reading fast with the fluffiest-sounding book I could find in my To-Read stack, The New Moon with the Old by Dodie Smith. Now, I’m familiar with Smith’s […]... Read More
Penance_Kanae Minato

Penance by Kanae Minato

Ever since reading her gripping first novel, Confessions, I’ve kept Kanae Minato on my growing watchlist of Japanese authors. Hailed in Japan as the Queen of ‘Iyamisu’, a subgenre of mystery fiction that delves into the sinister side of human nature, Minato’s darkly woven tale of a mother seeking vengeance after the murder of her […]... Read More
Nella Lasts War_Nella Last

Nella Last’s War: The Second World War Diaries of Housewife, 49

  Pulled from the Mass-Observation diaries of middle-aged housewife Nella Last, Nella Last’s War: The Second World War Diaries of Housewife, 49  is a stand-out account of English home front life as told from the perspective of a middle-aged housewife living with her husband in Barrow-in-Furness, a shipbuilding town in Lancashire. Beginning in September of […]... Read More