Posted in Book Review

Habiburahman’s First, They Erased Our Name

TEN years ago I volunteered as an English as a Foreign Language tutor for a refugee resettlement agency in central Pennsylvania. During that time I worked with a Christian Karen family from south-eastern Myanmar*: father,…

Continue Reading Habiburahman’s First, They Erased Our Name
Posted in Book Review

Review: Yoko Ogawa’s The Memory Police

IF roses, all roses, suddenly disappeared, would your memory of them fade away as if they had never existed? This is the premise of Yoko Ogawa’s compelling dystopian novel, The Memory Police. On an unnamed…

Continue Reading Review: Yoko Ogawa’s The Memory Police
Posted in Book Review

Review: Death Is Hard Work by Khaled Khalifa

Embroiled in a bloody civil war since 2011, Syria has long been subject to coups, repressive regimes, and state sanctioned surveillance.* Death Is Hard Work, the latest novel from Syrian author Khaled Khalifa, is infused with…

Continue Reading Review: Death Is Hard Work by Khaled Khalifa