International Fiction reviews

Felix Culpa by Jeremy Gavron

Reviewed by Tom Davies

The moment I heard about Jeremy Gavron’s new novel, I knew I had to read it. Felix Culpa starts with the death of a young man, a prison inmate, before going back to explore his life and how much the …

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Florida by Lauren Groff

Reviewed by Anna Rotar

When I think of the American state of Florida, I think of Miami, Disney World, sun-drenched beach days and the Seinfelds living it up at Del Boca Vista. Florida, a new collection of short stories by …

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84K by Claire North

Reviewed by Tristen Kiri Brudy

Company men would run for Parliament, Company newspapers would trumpet their excellence to the sky, Company TV stations would broadcast their election promises this is how democracy worked: corporate

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Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

Reviewed by Joanna Di Mattia

Warlight opens in the ruins of the London Blitz. It’s 1945, and fourteen-year-old Nathaniel, and his older sister Rachel, are left in the care of a shifty Dickensian figure they call ‘The Moth’ and a…

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A Shout in the Ruins by Kevin Powers

Reviewed by Roland Bisshop

George Seldom was born in Virginia in the midst of the American civil war. A foundling, saved from certain death by an outlaw gang, who knows nothing of his parents. In his nineties, on the cusp of t…

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The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Reviewed by Nina Kenwood

Much like her previous novel The Interestings, I found Meg Wolitzer’s new book The Female Persuasion to be completely immersive. It is centered around two characters: Greer Kadetsky, who we meet as a…

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The Mercy Seat by Elizabeth H. Winthrop

Reviewed by Gabrielle Williams

This is writing from an author at the very top of her game, an astonishing book, with echoes of To Kill A Mockingbird (a comparison I don’t use lightly). Beautifully written, it is heartache-making i…

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Property by Lionel Shriver

Reviewed by Hilary Simmons

Lionel Shriver is a difficult author to admit to liking these days. Ever since her controversial speech about cultural appropriation at Brisbane Writers Festival, confessing to being a fan of her wor…

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Chemistry by Weike Wang

Reviewed by Chris Somerville

Can a novel be propelled by indecisiveness? Chemistry, the debut novel by Weike Wang, makes a pretty strong case that it can. In the beginning, the un-named narrator is proposed to by her partner, a …

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You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld

Reviewed by Bronte Coates

Miscommunications and misunderstandings abound in this debut collection of stories from Curtis Sittenfeld (Prep, American Wife). Characters are thrown into tailspins by the return of undesirables fro…

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