“A promising but problematic debut” – Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed

Originally posted on Bookmunch:
Jennie Melamed’s debut novel, Gather the Daughters, drags us into a strange society on an isolated island where gender roles are twisted and magnified. It depicts a dystopian future, not unlike that in Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, in which the women are kept under strict control and play a very limited…

Darling Baby Mine by John de St Jorre

Darling Baby Mine by John de St Jorre is out today. I’m biased, because I editing the book, but it’s a fascinating literary memoir that deserves to be read. It’s about John’s search for his mother, with nothing but a memory of her smoking to keep him company. Her identity is a secret and she’s mostlyContinue reading “Darling Baby Mine by John de St Jorre”

The Mechanic

A new short story from one of my favourite writers.  ‘You’re already fifteen minutes late to pick me up. I’m standing in the front hall in my baby-doll dress and prairie boots, pretending to inspect a photograph of my young grandmother releasing a seagull from her sandy hand, when Dad comes in from his office.Continue reading “The Mechanic”