Author Archives: Teresa

No One Is Here Except All of Us

I’m not sure what to make of this novel by Ramona Ausubel. It has the feeling of a fairy tale, but one in which the horrors are real. It’s a tribute to the power of storytelling, but it also exposes … Continue reading

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Life with a Star

Josef Roubicek, a former bank clerk, lives alone in an empty house. He’s destroyed almost everything he owns because he doesn’t want “them” to get anything of his. So, now, he scrapes by, moment to moment, day to day, eating … Continue reading

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Passage

Dr. Joanna Lander is a psychologist with an unusual specialty—near-death experiences. A researcher at Mercy General Hospital, she gets alerted whenever anyone codes and is brought back so that she can interview them quickly about what they experienced. The challenge … Continue reading

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The Red-Haired Woman

When Cem, the narrator of this novel by Orham Pamuk and translated by Ekin Oklap, was a boy, his father, a political activist, left his family. Cem and his mother were just barely getting by, but Cem had big dreams … Continue reading

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The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

It’s common knowledge in America that our communities are segregated, but what’s less common knowledge is how this segregation came to be and what role our government had in making it happen. In The Color of Law, Richard Rothstein of the … Continue reading

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Consider the Lobster and Other Essays

Several years ago, I read David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. I enjoyed it, mostly, but found it was too much of a good thing. The sort of good thing where once you’ve had too much of it, you feel a … Continue reading

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Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America

This is written to you, my friends, because I feel led by the spirit to preach to you. I don’t mind if you call Spirit common sense, or desperate hope, or willful refusal to accept defeat. I don’t mind if … Continue reading

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History of Wolves

When the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize was announced this week, the appearance of Emily Fridlund’s debut novel was perhaps the biggest surprise. I was only halfway through the book at the time, and although I liked more than … Continue reading

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Elmet

A man is walking, alone, looking for a woman. He doesn’t know if he’s on the right track, but he walks on anyway, smelling of embers and haunted by … something. We meet Daniel, the narrator of Fiona Mozley’s debut … Continue reading

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Home Fire

Kamila Shamsie’s gut-punching update of the story of Antigone is all about competing loyalties. There’s loyalty to family, to country, to faith, to moral principles, to the law, to love. These loyalties are in tension, and each character balances those … Continue reading

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