Archive for April, 2019


by Anjali Sachdeva

I am using this book for Popsugar prompt 28: A book recommended by a celebrity you admire

While she didn’t recommend this book in any kind of public way, when I saw Roxane Gay’s review of this book on Goodreads I knew I wanted to read it
Roxane Gay called it, “One of the best collections I’ve ever read. Every single story is a stand out.”

This is a really good collection of short stories. I simultaneously wanted to gobble the stories up, one after the other, in a frenzy of consumption, and wanted to slowly savour each story.  As  finished one I wanted to ponder and think about it, revisit sections and reread phrases. But I also wanted to know what the next one held in store.

I managed, sometime, to pause and enjoy, but other times i did rush on, consuming. This means this will definitely be a reread, probably more than once.

Each story is complete and complex with full 3-dimensional characters living interesting moments shared with the reader
Really well worth reading

The first story haunts me still

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by Oyinkan Braithwaite
This is my (first) book for Popsugar prompt 32: An author from Africa
I must admit I am not sure that Braithwaite meets this requirement as the only bio info I can find on her starts with being at a British university.
So I am not sure if she is Nigerian or British
But the book is clearly Nigeria in setting and voice.
I liked this book a lot. It is funny and witty and really quite dark. While it is easy to read it is not a a superficial story. There are all sorts of interesting comments on society, gender expectations, family links and the secrets we keep out of love and fear.
I found this book an interesting mix of completely believable and quite ridiculous – often exactly the same scene being both at the same time.
I’d read something else by this author very happily