Things That Are Making Me Happy This Week

01. Two things have happened this week that felt ‘normal’ (dare I say it?). The first was sitting in a full theatre to see the musical production of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home. It was terrific – the transitions between Alison as a child, young adult, and adult were so clever. And there was one song (the children’s advertisement for the family funeral home, complete with a Jackson Family beat) that had me crying tears of laughter. Continue reading

Revenge by S. L. Lim

When you call your book Revenge: Murder in Three Parts, you’re giving your reader a fair idea of what is to come. And S. L. Lim delivers precisely what the title promises, although this is far from a traditional murder story.

So why read this book when the title is a spoiler? Because the tension, the bitterness, and Lim’s restraint is evident from the very first line (‘I’m the one who’s in charge around here’) – it is strangely compelling to inch toward a known outcome. Continue reading

Stella Prize 2021 Longlist Predictions

The Stella Prize 2021 longlist will be announced tomorrow night (tune in here).

Unlike the judges, I’ve only read a dozen or so eligible books but I’m aware of a bunch that keep crossing my radar. On that rather flimsy basis, I’m predicting the longlist*. Continue reading