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Dark At The Crossing by Elliot Ackerman

The good – this is one of the first novels I’ve read that deals with the current civil war in Syria and in particular the desire of some to leave their country and fight against the regime.  The bad – the book spends too much time on dull domestic issues, the sort you’ll find in any number of literary novels.

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The Leavers by Lisa Ko

TL;DR The prose is great, but I’ve grown bored with self destructive characters. Opening Remarks After reading five consecutive historical novels it’s refreshing to pick up a book set in the 21st Century.  The Leavers...

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Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig

My Observations and random thoughts (with added flavour text): Another day another historical novel (five in a row!) – Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig, longlisted for the National Book Award. Miss Burma is Craig’s second...

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Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett

Adam Haslett’s Imagine Me Gone spans a fourty year period.  It begins in the 1960s when Margaret, an American living in London, marries John, who while charming and charismatic has also been battling with depression since...

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