The "Deal Me In" story this week was a so..so one about a new mother. The three novels I read were all really good, the noir was good, and the non-fiction on translation theory was excellent.
Card: 6 of Hearts
Story: Bravery by Charles Baxter (in The best American short
from the Library...
The Strays by Emily Bitto
Australian girl grows up in the shadow of her best friend's eccentric family. Set in the 1930s.
The Ocean in the Closet by
Ten year old Japanese-American girl searches her family background to better understand her disturbed parents. Set in 1978 San Francisco and Japan. Narrative moves between the girl's account and that of her great uncle. The uncle's story has many flashbacks to the time of the post WW2 American occupation of Japan.
Trieste by Daša Drndić ; translated from the Croatian by Ellen Elias-Bursać
A complicated story of Jewish-Italian family in WW2. Fictional narrative is interspersed with much factual documentary of Nazi atrocities, particularly the Lebensborn project. Very difficult read.
from my shelves...
Montreal Noir edited by John McFetridge and Jacques Filippi
Most of the ten anthologies I have read from the Akashic Noir series
have been good, but this one is one of my favorites. The stories feature
a variety of protagonists and situations. Who expects to find, among
the usual suspects, guys who hunt coyotes for sport in the burbs of
Free review copy from publisher through Goodreads First Reads giveaway.
Literary Translation and the Making of Originals by Karen Emmerich; Brian James Baer , Michelle Woods