Inheritance from Mother by Minae Mizumura, tr. Juliet Winters Carpenter – a #BTBA2018 flashlight

Reinvention is a popular topic in novels written by, for or about women. I’m not sure why it is so prevalent, or gender specific, but I know it’s not a character arc I associate with male protagonists. Call it the heroine’s journey: the female character, out of dissatisfaction with her current life, or because it is crumbling around her, goes on a journey of self … Continue reading Inheritance from Mother by Minae Mizumura, tr. Juliet Winters Carpenter – a #BTBA2018 flashlight

Accabadora by Michela Murgia (translated from the Italian by Silvester Mazzarella)

Accabadora is about adoption.Β  It’s also a coming of age story and a mother-daughter drama.Β  It’s about choices, consequences and secrets… about being allowed to die with dignity… about the collision between the old and the new. Β  Accabadora is about a lot of things, most of which don’t have much in common with each other.Β  And while, overall, Michela Murgia has put out a … Continue reading Accabadora by Michela Murgia (translated from the Italian by Silvester Mazzarella)