Freshwater is probably the most creative story you will read all year. Bursting with more imagination than a three-year-old, slippery as the python gracing its cover and as deep as the words of the title fresh water evoke, Nigerian-born author Akwaeke Emezi has created a character-driven story that will either confuse the reader or elucidate their way for deeper understanding of themselves and the universe. I suppose it depends on just how enlightened you are. I’ll let you decide what enlightened means to you.
The Belles is the type of young adult novel that teens and adults alike will want to read. It is a novel perfect for the post-Disney Princess era in which girls and women have been taught to revere royalty, but not to sit around and just look pretty waiting for their white knight to save them. The girls in the story are pretty and strong and feisty and independent and quite proactive. It has all of the pomp and circumstance of Marie Antoinette’s royal court, the magic of a Harry Potter novel plus a fantastical take on Mean Girls. In a word, it is perfect amalgamation of what the people want. Continue reading On Identity Politics, Pink Macarons & Teal Peacock Feathers in The Belles
It took me awhile to hop on the cozy mystery train.
I recall seeing that section in the bookstore full of brightly colored covers with catchy titles that were always plays on words and I’d move by it without any interest. It was only after reading a Tweet featuring a just published book a literary agent living in North Carolina that solved mysteries (ahem – I am also a literary agent living in North Carolina) that I gave these stories a try. And… I was hooked.