One Station Away by Olaf Olaffsson (2017)

This is a strange book.  Most of the reviews say it's a story about a doctor (Magnus) and the three women that have influenced his life. That's true, but really it's four women, and while they may have all "influenced" him, by the end of the book, I don't feel like I understand or know him… Continue reading One Station Away by Olaf Olaffsson (2017)

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwen (2007)

I'm not sure how Ian McEwen does it, but he seems to get into the core of human relationships, pulling out the raw feelings that people experience and describing them in a way that makes us nearly drown in each character's emotional turmoil. Creating the 'I'm right there experiencing this with you' feeling is the… Continue reading On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwen (2007)

How to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu ( 2010)

I like Mengestu’s books because he conveys the Ethiopian immigrant experience, something I know little about, but I can’t say I love his writing. How to Read the Air feels like it contains similar holes in plot, motive, and character that I found a few years ago in his previous novel The Beautiful Things that… Continue reading How to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu ( 2010)

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides (2011)

This is not a book about marriage, but it is a book about relationships.  It takes place in the 80's where three twenty-something Brown graduates are trying to figure out what---and who---is important in their lives, and what their next step will be.  I suppose one could argue that they spend too much time pondering… Continue reading The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides (2011)