“There was a whispering, silence; and on the floor the snow melted to tears.” Alan Garner’s Treacle Walker (4th Estate, HarperCollins 2021) was my final read of the 2022 Booker Prize longlist. Having read it, I’m a bit surprised this slim, little oddity of a novel made the shortlist; but it did, and Garner isContinue reading “TREACLE WALKER – Alan Garner”

THE STARDUST THIEF – Chelsea Abdullah

“To him, stories were truths painted over in gold.” “The Sandsea is a rip in the world, made from a fire so fierce it has never stopped burning. That kind of magic – you must stay away from it. Do you understand, Sweet Fire?” Most of us are familiar with the classic One Thousand andContinue reading “THE STARDUST THIEF – Chelsea Abdullah”


Maisy Card’s debut novel, These Ghosts Are Family ( Simon & Schuster – 3/3/2020), is quite possibly my most favorite read of this crazy year; I don’t typically give stars, but I’m giving this novel an entire galaxy.  The novel is told in a fragmented way that brings to mind the oral tradition of story-tellingContinue reading “THESE GHOSTS ARE FAMILY – Maisy Card”