Bewilderment by Richard Powers

Bewilderment by Richard Powers

Richard Powers, Bewilderment (Hutchinson Heinemann: 2021, 9781785152634) Bewilderment is the story of Theo Byrne, an astrobiologist who lost his wife in an accident and is raising his son, Robin, alone. Robin is a neurodivergent 9-year-old boy, who has been diagnosed with “two Asperger’s, one probable OCD, and one possible ADHD”. Theo abhors the use of [...]

Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler

Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler, Redhead on the Side of the Road (Chatto & Windus: 2020, 9781784743475) Meet Micah Mortimer, a Baltimore middle-aged man, caretaker of his building, and founder and single employee of Tech Hermit, a tech help business. He follows a rigid routine which includes running (in cutoffs or jeans) every morning and performing meticulously scheduled [...]

First Lines Wednesday – My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

First Lines Wednesday – My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Oyinkan Braithwaite, My Sister, the Serial Killer (Atlantic Books: 2018, 9781786495976) “WORDS Ayoola summons me with these words – Korede, I killed him. I had hoped I would never hear those words again. BLEACH I bet you didn’t know that bleach masks the smell of blood. Most people use bleach indiscriminately, assuming it is a [...]

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak, 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World (Penguin Books: 2020, 9780241979464) 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World begins with the end – of Tequila Leila’s life. Her death sparks a string of memories that take us from her birth to her death; from a childhood of oppression and abuse in [...]