Justine Larbalestier, Liar

Larbalestier’s new book is hard to talk about while avoiding spoilers. But I had one good reason to buy this book that has nothing to with the contents: although its narrator, Micah, is a young woman who is half-black and wears her hair short, the original US cover design featured a long-haired white woman, mostlyContinue reading “Justine Larbalestier, Liar”

Syrie James: The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen

The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen is the most recent book to explore the fundamental seeming contradiction of Austen — how was she able to write about romance with such clarity and conviction, when her own life history appears to include no more than a youthful crush? It also takes advantage of several of theContinue reading “Syrie James: The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen”