Open This Lovely (Heartbreaking) Door

My list has two door-themed titles on it and also I put them on the list a while ago, so I was not sure exactly which one Laura Ruby’s Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All was. As it turned out, it didn’t matter, because what I got was as lovely as it was heartbreaking. InContinue reading “Open This Lovely (Heartbreaking) Door”

Aging and Loss With Arms Wide Open

One of the most frightening things about growing older is the uncertainty: which terrible ailment(s) will I or my loved ones suffer with in their twilight years? Will my body be ravaged by time or will I lose my mind? Both? Neither, because I’ve planned on going out with a bang a la Secondhand Lions?Continue reading “Aging and Loss With Arms Wide Open”

Let ‘Lotus’ Break Your Heart – and Mend It

Almost from the very beginning of Lotus, a novel by Lijia Zhang that focuses on a Chinese prostitute (or ji) at the turn of the century, I could see a million different ways that the titular character’s heart was going to get shattered. What I didn’t see, and what I could not have anticipated, wasContinue reading “Let ‘Lotus’ Break Your Heart – and Mend It”