Category Archives: Fiction

Alternative Facts

Review of The Sellout by Paul Beatty (USA: Picador, 2016) by Angus Whitehead   I was initially cynical of the deluge of praise for Paul Beatty’s Booker Prize-winning novel. NPR.org, for instance, described The Sellout as possibly “the first truly

Alternative Facts

Review of The Sellout by Paul Beatty (USA: Picador, 2016) by Angus Whitehead   I was initially cynical of the deluge of praise for Paul Beatty’s Booker Prize-winning novel. NPR.org, for instance, described The Sellout as possibly “the first truly

Cut Lotus Root

Review of Chang’an: a Story of China & Japan by Wena Poon (CreateSpace, 2016) by Eric Norris Chang’an: a Story of China & Japan is a compellingly and compulsively readable family saga that spans the long and terrible 20th century:

Cut Lotus Root

Review of Chang’an: a Story of China & Japan by Wena Poon (CreateSpace, 2016) by Eric Norris Chang’an: a Story of China & Japan is a compellingly and compulsively readable family saga that spans the long and terrible 20th century:

“If you go deep enough…”

Review of Philip Holden’s Heaven Has Eyes (Singapore: Epigram Books, 2016) by Stewart Dorward   Heaven Has Eyes is a first work of fiction by Philip Holden, a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the National

“If you go deep enough…”

Review of Philip Holden’s Heaven Has Eyes (Singapore: Epigram Books, 2016) by Stewart Dorward   Heaven Has Eyes is a first work of fiction by Philip Holden, a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the National

New Contact Lenses

Review of Sohrab Homi Fracis’ Go Home (L.A., U.S.A.: Knut House Press, 2016) by Cyril Wong   Political correctness in the United States can be said to be reaching an impasse. Not too long ago, a prominent black American gentleman

New Contact Lenses

Review of Sohrab Homi Fracis’ Go Home (L.A., U.S.A.: Knut House Press, 2016) by Cyril Wong   Political correctness in the United States can be said to be reaching an impasse. Not too long ago, a prominent black American gentleman

Speaking Silently to Silence

Review of Yeo Wei Wei’s These Foolish Things (Singapore: Ethos Books, 2015) by Deven Philbrick   The current cultural moment in American letters is marked by, among many other things, a peculiar treatment of the short story. Whereas novels are

Speaking Silently to Silence

Review of Yeo Wei Wei’s These Foolish Things (Singapore: Ethos Books, 2015) by Deven Philbrick   The current cultural moment in American letters is marked by, among many other things, a peculiar treatment of the short story. Whereas novels are

Difficulties Are Fires

Review of Jinat Rehana Begum’s First Fires (Singapore: Ethos Books, 2015) by Lily Piao   First Fires is a debut novel by Jinat Rehana Begum that is rich, complex, and beautifully written. It unfolds through different voices and intertwining timelines,

Difficulties Are Fires

Review of Jinat Rehana Begum’s First Fires (Singapore: Ethos Books, 2015) by Lily Piao   First Fires is a debut novel by Jinat Rehana Begum that is rich, complex, and beautifully written. It unfolds through different voices and intertwining timelines,

Heaven Has Eyes

Library by Philip Holden She had never thought, she told her parents later, that she could fall. Late summer, and the banks of the river were thick with blackberries. She tasted some greedily on the way down to the water,

Heaven Has Eyes

Library by Philip Holden She had never thought, she told her parents later, that she could fall. Late summer, and the banks of the river were thick with blackberries. She tasted some greedily on the way down to the water,