The Color of Lightning by Paulette Jiles

5/5 stars The Color of Lightning by Paulette Jiles is a companion novel to her National Book Award-nominee News of the World.  In both historical novels, Jiles takes inherently thrilling subject matter and renders it vividly with her poetic voice.  Based on a true story, The Color of Lightning features freed slave Britt Johnson and … Continue reading The Color of Lightning by Paulette Jiles

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Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

4/5 stars Holding Up the Universe is a young adult novel about two teens each dealing with their own issues and trying to figure out who they are and how they want others to perceive them.  Jack Masselin manages his cognitive disorder defensively by sometimes behaving like an immature jerk.  He suffers from a condition … Continue reading Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Chasing the King of Hearts by Hanna Krall

4/5 stars It's difficult to review Holocaust fiction because the content and plot can often be so harrowing that it defies the imagination.  For this reason, it often comes down to the author's craft and ability to evoke the unimaginable rather than any particular narrative arc.  Like Affinity Konar's Mischling, this book offers a similar … Continue reading Chasing the King of Hearts by Hanna Krall