Books

Epic Entendre

Epic Entendre

RIVER OF INK by Paul M. M. Cooper. Bloomsbury USA; New York. 304 pages. bloomsburyusa.com paulmmcooper.com. Available as hardcover, digital book, Audible, and MP3 CD. History tells stories and those stories about change, upheaval, or oppression should be compelling,...
Unsentimental Seasons

Unsentimental Seasons

THE YEAR OF THE RUNAWAYS by Sunjeev Sahota. Knopf, 2016. 484 pages. Hardcover $18.74   I have grown up in parts of the world that have memorable seasons: Rajasthan with its summer “Loo,” a dry, hot wind that is the very opposite of a gentle summer breeze; Bombay with...
The Elephant Never Forgets

The Elephant Never Forgets

THE TUSK THAT DID THE DAMAGE by Tania James. Alfred A. Knopf: New York. Available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book. Hardcover $22.73. With novels constructed on interlocking stories, authors run the risk of one or more of the tales not meeting the same mark on the...
The Medium is the Message

The Medium is the Message

FLOOD OF FIRE. By Amitav Ghosh. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015. 616 pages. $20.42 Hardcover. In the epilogue to Flood of Fire, Amitav Ghosh cleverly makes mention of some 50 sources which have informed his novel. I imagine that few, if any, of these were likely to...
The Bad Mother

The Bad Mother

WHAT LIES BETWEEN US. By Nayomi Munaweera. St. Martin’s Press, 2016. 320 pages. $18.11 Hardcover. It was with pleasure and anticipation that I learned that Nayomi Munaweera has written a second book. Reading her first book Island of a Thousand Mirrors in 2014, I had...
Gods, Jinns, People, Wars, and Existential Bewilderment

Gods, Jinns, People, Wars, and Existential Bewilderment

TWO YEARS EIGHT MONTHS AND TWENTY-EIGHT NIGHTS. By Salman Rushdie. Hamish Hamilton by Penguin Books India, 2015.  286 pages Yes, the title of this review says it all: Salman Rushdie’s latest novel is about people finding their way away from God, courtesy of a War of...