Archive for April, 2012

we the animals

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

An exquisite, blistering debut novel. Three brothers tear their way through childhood— smashing tomatoes all over each other, building kites from trash, hiding out when their parents do battle, tiptoeing around the house as their mother sleeps off her graveyard shift. Paps and Ma are from Brooklyn—he’s Puerto Rican, she’s white—and their love is a [...]

“in charge of a dream”

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

My friend Ashley and I enjoyed a glimpse of re-living the college life the other evening at Butler University, where we attended a Visiting Writers Series session with author Jhumpa Lahiri. The sweet lady sitting next to me asked what year I was in, and although I informed her I was already a graduate, though [...]

glaciers

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Glaciers is filled with kaleidoscopic pleasures. Using prose as clear as pure, cold air, Alexis Smith moves the narrative vertically as well as horizontally, each ticking minute yielding more insights into a young woman’s life. The past, present, and imaginary future stream into beautifully unstable geometries. Line by line, in and out of time, this [...]

books on fire (with a side of peeta bread)

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

I confess, I was skeptical. Just as I was with Harry Potter and any other fastly trendy young adult series throwing their covers and following industries in my discerning face. I can’t say that I owe any apology statements to a certain vampire series; however, with Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy, I certainly do. I [...]