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Susan Choi’s Award-Winning ‘Trust Exercise’ Incites the Perils of Adolescence in a Society Struggling with Authenticity
Reviewed By Maria Chance Jul 14th, 2022 5:17 pm

Adolescence is one of the most complicated stages of life. That formative period when you’re not quite a child and not quite an adult can be confusing as well as painful. In National Book Award for Fiction winner, Trust Exercise, Susan Choi deftly navigates the turbulent waters of adolescence, the lessons we are forced through and the marks these leave behind when we are so eager, though still so thoroughly unprepared, for a full-blown adult life. Trust Exercise is split into three chapterless p...

Marie-Helene Bertino Steps Into a Surrealist Warp In New Novel ‘Parakeet’
Reviewed By Maria Chance Jul 14th, 2022 5:09 pm

Marie-Helene Bertino’s Parakeet is a vortex of symbolism and metaphors. Through the main character known solely as The Bride, we are taken into a world that is very much like our own but one that teeters into surrealism. When we first encounter The Bride, she’s engaging in conversation with a parakeet whom she understands to be her dead grandmother. She’s about to be married but is having some intense second thoughts. The pressure she feels, as her wedding day looms closer, begins to manifest in...

With Her Moving Memoir ‘Love Is An Ex-Country,’ Randa Jarrar Overcomes Oppression In Its Many Forms
Reviewed By Maria Chance Jul 14th, 2022 5:04 pm

In Love Is An Ex-Country, Randa Jarrar takes us along on a journey as she shows us glimpses of her life. Born in the United States to refugee, Palestinian parents, Jarrar faced racism in one of the oddest ways: because she is white-passing, white people try involving her in their racist ideologies. Thus, she’s had the unique experience of witnessing racism, from the outside and from within. Though systemic racism is a prominent topic throughout her memoir, Jarrar also goes into harrowing detail...