Book Club · Culture

The Sport of Kings: The Tyrannical Reign of Powerful, White Men

Going into The Sport of Kings I wasn’t sure what to expect. Described as a story of “racism and justice,” the majority of the story confused me. The novel focuses on the generations of the Forge family – an old and powerful family in Kentucky. We are first introduced to the family as young Henry… Continue reading The Sport of Kings: The Tyrannical Reign of Powerful, White Men

Culture · Perspectives

Podcast: Women’s Prize for Fiction – Still Necessary?

Our latest episode is in anticipation of the Women’s Prize for Fiction (also known as the Bailey’s Prize). In this episode, Amanda and Adiba discuss why the Women’s Prize for Fiction came about, and the criticism that it has often garnered. They consider whether the prize is still necessary today, and discuss women’s roles within… Continue reading Podcast: Women’s Prize for Fiction – Still Necessary?

Book Club · Culture

Do Not Say We Have Nothing: A Reader’s Reflections

Do Not Say We Have Nothing takes the reader on a journey through two generations where the lives of the main characters are interconnected and bound by their love for music, their struggles during violent times and the meaning they gave and shared through an unfinished book. Madeleine Thien effectively used this fictitious story to… Continue reading Do Not Say We Have Nothing: A Reader’s Reflections

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First Love: A Cryptic Snapshot Into an Abusive Relationship

“Considering one’s life requires a horribly delicate determination, doesn’t it? To get to the truth, to the heart of the trouble.” First Love is an often cryptic snapshot into the everyday reality of an abusive relationship.  The novel, which has been shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, is Gwendoline Riley’s fifth book. Protagonist… Continue reading First Love: A Cryptic Snapshot Into an Abusive Relationship