The Perfect Nanny

It’s hard to truly express how disquieting The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani is—a portrait of disturbed nanny Louise and the time leading up to the brutal murder of the two children Mila and Adam in her care. Beginning with the horror of the murder and then chugging back in time to when their mother…

Trail of Lightning

I was first introduced to Rebecca Roanhorse’s writing through her incredible short story Welcome To Your Authentic Indian Experience™ which was rightfully nominated for a bunch of awards like the Nebula and Hugo last year. So when I saw her name on Netgalley I knew whatever it was would rocket straight to the top of…

Educated

I read the entirety of Tara Westover’s memoir Educated in an anxious fit. My heart twisting and my muscles tensed in response to her own paralysis as she navigates her violent and dysfunctional family dynamics from child to adult. Born into a large fundamentalist Mormon family Westover grew up believing the End of Days doctrine…

Her Pretty Face

This was my first Robyn Harding book and I may have gone into it with high expectations due to the acclaim for The Party. Harding’s newest novel is a psychological suspense surrounding the violent secrets two women are hiding in their respective pasts after they befriend each other when both of their sons start at…

The Power

I really really wanted to love this book. Naomi Alderman had a winning pitch with the exploration of what would happen if teen girls all over the world could suddenly channel an electric force, and awaken that power in older women as well. Just writing that I’m like YAS QUEEN, but the book itself never…

Thrill me, thrill me

It’s the day after Halloween and I feel compelled to share something spooky. I never was one for murder mysteries in the past but in the last few years I’m drawn to thrillers, the suspense is killing me. The latest I’ve consumed is Final Girls by Riley Sager. Where normally I can sniff out an…

Every day you break

Every day you break a little more. First as the waves of contractions hit my swollen body three days too soon with a fierceness I name my daughter after. I wait and wait and wait hoping each sleepless night is a reckoning and stumbling into tomorrow still full. They say you will know when the…

2015: A year in reading

(*) = a pick for top 10 of 2015 January The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters Landline by Rainbow Rowell The Fever by Megan Abbott Shopaholic to the Stars  by Sophie Kinsella The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner I’m just getting my bearings working at…

Season’s readings

I wrote a gift guide for just about everyone on your list this year (or any year really). Give them to your shitty brother-in-law, your sad friend, a cool chick you know, any dumb kid and your favourite aspiring writer: Lauren Groff, Fates and Furies Give this book to a friend stuck in a shitty…

Barbara the Slut and Other People and me

Some things have been sticking with me lately. Stories that I can’t shake. Women I wish I knew, could sit next to, siphon strength off of. I first read Lauren Holmes’ story “How Am I Supposed to Talk to You” in Granta but I didn’t put two and two together until I was reading it…

On ordinary days that become perfect by circumstance

He found dentures washed up on a flea-ridden beach—smoothed down to half its dental cast by the timid waves that deposited large purple jellyfish like blood clots along the shore. We were looking for beach glass but here was the pride of his findings and he tucked them carefully away to be saved. Now they…

The weight of you

Buoyed. Up and up. A ribbon like tether grazing the ground, simple enough to snag. And you told me once that there’s a cancer in me and you can’t bear to watch my cells battle it out. You were the disease and I cut you from me in slivers until nothing remained but the imprint…