The Gunners

Thank you to the lovely team at Counterpoint Press for my copy of The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman.  All thoughts and images are my own.

Synopsis: (as told by the back of the book

Following her wonderfully received first novel, Another Place You’ve Never Been, called “mesmerizing,” “powerful,” and “gorgeous” by critics all over the country, Rebecca Kauffmann returns with Mikey Callahan, a thirty-year-old who is suffering from the clouded vision of macular degeneration.  He struggles to establish human connections – even his emotional life is a blur. Continue reading

Laura & Emma

Thank you to the wonderful people at Simon Books for gifting me this copy of Laura and Emma by Kate Greathead.  All thoughts and images are my own.

Synopsis: (as told by the back of the book)

Laura hails from the Upper East Side of Manhattan, born into old money, drifting aimlessly into her early thirties. One weekend in 1981 she meets Jefferson. The two sleep together. He vanishes. And Laura realizes she’s pregnant.

Enter: Emma. Continue reading


Synopsis: (as told by the back of the book)

Ren Ishida is nearly finished with graduate school when he receives news of his sister Keiko’s sudden death. She was viciously stabbed one rainy night on her way home, and there are no leads. Ren heads to Akakawa to conclude his sister’s affairs, still failing to understand why she chose to abandon the family and Tokyo for this desolate town years ago. Continue reading


Thank you to the lovely folks at William Morrow Books for my copy of Sunburn by Laura Lippman.  All thoughts and images are my own.


One is playing a long game.  But which one?

They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware.  Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he’s also just passing through.  Yet she stays. And he stays – drawn to the mysterious redhead whose quiet stillness both unnerves and excites him.  Over the course of a punishing summer, Polly and Adam abandon themselves to a steamy, inexorable affair. Still, each holds something back from the other – dangerous, even lethal, secrets. Continue reading