IF I HAD YOUR FACE is a fascinating exploration of contemporary South Korea told from the alternating point-of-view of four friends, Kyuri, Miho, Ara and Sujin. As they make their way in the hyper-competitive world of Seoul, they face daunting obstacles, including socioeconomic inequality, impossible beauty standards, and a culture in which it’s expected that women will be mistreated by men. Ultimately it’s their friendship that offers hope in a punishing world.
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THE BASS ROCK by Evie Wyld is a bewitching, textured novel that lingers after the last haunting page has turned.
Told in alternating points-of-view, Viviane recounts the present-day arc of the story as she travels from London to clear out the family home on the Firth of Forth in Scotland. Forty-something and suffering from depression, Viviane struggles to thrive even as her name, which means alive, reflects a resilience and courage to bear witness to the stories that shape her life and world.
Ruth’s narrative takes place in the aftermath of World War II...
The following is the first of what I hope to be a regular feature, in which I recommend a new book each month that I absolutely love and can whole-heartedly recommend. There are so many places to find book recommendations, but I still sometimes find it difficult to know what to read. Bizarre, but true. I hope that by slowly building a list here, it might be a useful place for my fellow book lovers to turn for ideas. To read more, check out my Books I Love page.
Would I recommend THE RAINBOW? Yes!
THE RAINBOW by D.H. Lawrence, published in 1915 and banned in England for eleven years, is a family drama that follows three generations of the Brangwen family as England moves from a rural to an industrial society. The narrative arc of the novel provides the scaffolding upon which Lawrence explores a wide range of philosophical and psychological questions, such as the relationship between spirituality and sexuality, industrialization and nature, and personal freedom and society. Ultimately, however, THE RAINBOW is about yearning for truth and beauty in a messy world.