Category Archives: Grief’s Blossoms of the Lower Branches

Travels in Siberia

Ian Frazier Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010 Frazier admits to “Russia love,” which by his description is comparable to the passion of ardent Francophiles or civil war re-enactors. Caught up in a love of country that is not his own, … Continue reading

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Beautiful Ruins

Jess Walter Harper Perennial, 2012 Jess Walter has managed to show the too often dreary literary novel and the fun but clueless bestseller can overlap. Both sides have an argument that this novel doesn’t belong in either category, and they … Continue reading

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Wave

Sonali Deraniyagala Alfred A. Knopf, 2013 On December 26, 2004, Deraniyagala lost her two sons, husband, and both parents to the tsunami that hit Sri Lanka, claiming close to 275,000 people. It is an unfathomable loss that a person endures … Continue reading

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Is God Being Funny Or What?

I think this is supposed to be funny. In its own crooked, mixed-up way, I do think it’s funny, but still, how is the difference between internal chatter from Irma Prattle, pure coincidence, and cosmic whisperings or conks on the … Continue reading

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