The Push by Ashley Audrain

The Push by Ashley Audrain

Ashley Audrain, The Push (Michael Joseph:2021, 9780241434550) Blythe comes from a line of neglectful, abusive mothers. She seems to more or less have made peace with her background but it comes back to haunt her when her picture-perfect-obsessed husband decides they need a baby. She knows he expects her to be the perfect wife and [...]

First Lines Wednesday – Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman

First Lines Wednesday – Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman

André Aciman, Call Me by Your Name (Atlantic Books: 2007, 9781786495259) " 'Later!' The word, the voice, the attitude. I'd never heard anyone use "later" to say goodbye before. It sounded harsh, curt, and dismissive, spoken with the veiled indifference of people who may not care to see or hear from you again. It is [...]

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 [...]

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Kiley Reid, Such a Fun Age (Bloomsbury: 2020, 9781526612144) Such a Fun Age opens with a black babysitter called Emira being accosted by grocery store security upon being accused by a ‘Karen’ of kidnapping the white child she is babysitting. This prompts her boss, a liberal, wealthy, white social influencer called Alix, to get involved [...]