After Lewis’s mother drinks a bottle of wine, she drowns while they are out on a picnic together during the 1950s. Because of his repeated failure to save his mother, Lewis become unruly and lands in jail.
On his release, he discovers the past is ever present within both his family and his English community that no longer trust him.
Evan grew up an orphan in a small Mississippi town. When black Evan meets white Valuable, the daughter of the town whore who doesn’t know who her father is, their lives change. Both want a family, something neither of them have, but can this racial combination survive in the 1950’s south?
Pearl’s father is a missionary in China. When Pearl befriends Chinese Willow they are inseparable. It is only under Mao’s repressive regime that Pearl’s family is forced to flee China. The friends have no contact with each other because Willow fears this could endanger her family. Continue reading “Anchee Min’s — Pearl of China *****”
Set in Montreal, Beena and Sadhana are close because of the death of their parents in their teens. While their uncle takes care of them, Beena sees a change in her sister. It’s only with Sadhana’s death, that Beena tries to unravel the cause of her sister’s end. Continue reading “Saleema Nawzaz’s — Bone and Bread *****”
Roxy, the powerful; Margo, the politician; Tunde, the journalist; and Allie, Mother Eve are the key characters who witness, and are part of a new era exploding all over the world. Young girls develop a power that sends men rioting because they can’t accept they are now the weaker sex. Continue reading “Naomi Alderman’s — The Power *****”
One of the key factors for me when editing is time — not time for editing, but time between edits. Often I’m blind to what I’ve written, so by leaving a piece for a week or longer before I read it again, problems become clear. Continue reading “Editing Tips”
After Silvio returns to his French village years later, he loses his land bit by bit because of its neglect during his absence. He’s soon drawn into the family’s secrets when he stumbles on the real reason for Colette’s husband’s drowning. Continue reading “Irene Nemirovsky’s — Fire in the Blood *****”