I haven’t been blogging for a while as I’ve been busy being awesome elsewhere. A kind email from WordPress telling me to renew my domain reminded me I have a blog that I haven’t updated it in ages. I’ve been working on a poetry sequence, my novel and an essay, but it looks like I will have time just to read for pleasure (and research) next month. So here’s a list of what I’ll be reading in May.
1. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
Magical realism, Zen Buddhism, extreme bullying, World War II kamikaze pilots, the California tech bubble, prostitution, the 2011 Japan tsunami, quantum physics and suicide. What’s not to look forward to?
The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman
The Teleportation Accident is a singular novel — singularly clever, singularly audacious, singularly strange — from a singular, and almost recklessly gifted, young writer. This is not fiction for everyone. But for those who stick with it, it’s a wild and wonderful ride.
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
Set during the Japanese occupation, The Garden of Evening Mists follows young law graduate, Yun Ling Teoh, as she seeks solace among the plantations of the Cameron Highlands. Here she discovers Yugiri, the only Japanese garden in Malaya, and its owner and creator, the secretive Aritomo. Aritomo agrees to accept Yun Ling as his apprentice “until the monsoon” so that she can design a garden in memorial to her sister. But over time the jungle starts to reveal secrets of its own…
Tan Twan Eng
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