The Part of Me That Isn’t Broken Inside is exceptionally well done, a novel that seems to meander almost aimlessly along with its self-indulgent narrator yet is a tight and profound exploration of human hurt and intimate relationships. An impressive work. Read on! →
Relies a bit too much on some melodramatic turns, but otherwise … City of Ulysses is a fine — and, in places, very good — novel of an artist life, as well as an effective account of the times and changes Read on! →
“Woodall’s stark, lucid yet powerfully figurative prose has to embrace both the word and the image. Real and breathing portraits of suppurating human life and detailed descriptions of the cruelty and mental torture of alienated labour are all there in November.” Read the Read on! →
“An even more unabashedly autobiographical work than Higgins’s other path-breaking works in the form, the last word in a series of increasingly risky and valuable works which collectively reveal that ‘life is a story told’.” You can read the full Read on! →
John Toomey’s novel, Slipping, published by Dalkey Archive Press, has won the International Rubery Award for Fiction 2017, the largest prize for independent authors and publishers. The judges described the novel by the Dublin schoolteacher as “compelling reading…The prose is beautiful and Read on! →
“[SLIPPING] concerns itself with the psychology of the delusional Albert Jackson and his desire to have a book written about him. He wants it to be a mixture of fact and fiction, in order to be understood, particularly by his two grown-up Read on! →
“These stories inhabit a place where the line between the real and the supernatural stretches thin; they’re animated by the existential tension that this implies.” Read more online at David’s literature blog.
“…a genre-bending, ambitious-to-the-max debut novel that revolves around a fictional uprising in Puerto Rico. At its best, this complex, experimental narrative succeeds at blending speculative fiction, magic realism, and techno-realism. Colarusso also succeeds in offering insightful commentary on the nuances Read on! →
Set in England and Ireland, and mostly written in a time before smartphones and iPads, Alannah Hopkin’s stories are off-beat and charmingly eccentric. Read the full review online at RTE.
A PERFECT DISHARMONY – Sébastien Brebel The paradox embedded in the title captures the existential mood of these 13 stories, in which characters remain largely anonymous and situations full of angst. French novelist Brebel’s book comes in at just about Read on! →