Family Trust — Kathy Wang

Date Read: April 26, 2019Rating: 4/5Format: E-bookWhen Silicon Valley Chinese patriarch Stanley Huang is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the question of inheritance pops into the mind of his two adult children, Fred and Kate, his ex-wife, Linda, and his current wife, Mary. As any SV hotshot would, Stanley frequently boasted a large legacy to leave [...]

Daisy Jones & The Six — Taylor Jenkins Reid

Read Date: April 13, 2019Rating: 3.5/5Format: Print BookTaylor Jenkins Reid has again demonstrated her penchant for crafting intricate stories that exemplify some of the most wistfully remembered-- or dreamed about-- eras of culture. After her 2017 portrayal of 50s era Hollywood in The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Reid has now given us this gritty, [...]

The Friend — Sigrid Nunez

Date Read: April 4, 2019Rating: 4/5Format: Print BookWhen the anonymous narrator's best friend dies, she becomes responsible for the dog he has left behind. This is the general blurb any summary outlet will give for Sigrid Nunez's The Friend, and it's all I'll give here, because I think the intricacy of the novel's subtext and [...]

Into the Water — Paula Hawkins

Read Date: April 3, 2019Rating: 3.5/5Format: E-bookAt the outset of Into the Water, the ubiquitous “Drowning Pool” has claimed another victim. Single mom Danielle Abbott has been discovered drowned, which prompts talks of two other of the river’s recent casualties: Katie Whittaker, best friend of Nel Abbott’s daughter Lena; and Lauren Townsend, mother of Detective [...]

Home Fire — Kamila Shamsie

Read Date: March 26, 2019Rating: 4.5/5Format: Print BookA present-day retelling of Antigone, Home Fire follows a gripping conglomeration of characters: diligent Isma, fiery Aneeka, impressionable Parvaiz, heavy-handed Karamat, and beleaguered Eamonn-- three British Muslim siblings, the British Home Secretary, and his enamored son, respectively.Home Fire opens on Isma Pasha, elder sister and interim parent to her twin [...]