From here to where?

Fingers in pies As usual, I’m flitting back and forth between projects, especially now it’s again summer. Mostly my time is taken up with the vegetable and perennial gardens, or just enjoying the bucolic nature of this village, and our home. I suppose summer is when I recharge, gain perspective and insight, which then becomes the well from which I draw throughout the winter. However, there are moments I do spend in front of the…

Review: The Green Road, by Anne Enright

The Green Road by Anne Enright My rating: 4 of 5 stars The Green Road, by Anne Enright, is an introspective, remarkable, often poignant story about the four siblings of the Madigan family, and their mercurial, often tempestuous, aging mother, Rosaleen. Set primarily in Enright’s native country of Ireland, the narratives of the four children sometimes wander from that green island to America and Mali, carrying with them the subterranean influences of their mother’s influence….

Review: A Brightness Long Ago, by Guy Gavriel Kay

A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay My rating: 3 of 5 stars It would be a stretch of the truth to say Guy Gavriel Kay is anything but an accomplished story-teller. He crafts his work with elegance, passion, and detail. You would think with that praise I would rate his work higher than I do, for certainly there is much here to engage the reader. However, having read almost all of Kay’s canon…

Review: In the Skin of a Lion, by Michael Ondaatje

In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje My rating: 3 of 5 stars There is no disputing the literary skill of Michael Ondaatje. His works have been captivating readers for decades. However, it would be unreasonable for anyone to expect every work any artist creates to be extraordinary. And such is the case, in my opinion, with In the Skin of a Lion. It is an ambitious novel which encompasses the lives of…

Review and book launch video for Dreams of the Moon

So much news! Author and artist, Swati Chavda, offered this review of Dreams of the Moon on Goodreads: DELICATELY WOVEN SURREAL STORIES WITH LUMINOUS PROSE The cover of this book—with its stark mountainous landscape and a lone girl gazing with wonder at the moon-jellyfish chimera floating shimmering in the sky—promised me a unique experience that would take me out of my pandemic-induced limbo. The stories surpassed that promise, taking me through a dreamy, surreal experience…