#Bookreview: Borders in Paradise

Review of Borders in Paradise James White’s Borders in Paradise opens in a one-bedroom, one-bathroom bungalow in West Hollywood, California. The year is 1939. The tiny bungalow is the Gaines family’s version of paradise, after twenty-two-year old Juno (John) and his brother Chassy (Charles) “ran away from that den of thieves and malcontents in Texas … Continue reading #Bookreview: Borders in Paradise

#BookReview: Sacred Mounds

Jim Metzner’s historical fantasy Sacred Mounds opens with a man who has lost time and gained a tattoo on the palm of his hand. Meet Salvador Samuels, a middle-aged man of no particular distinction, except for being the “only Jew on the planet answering to this name.” But don’t call him Salvador; call him Lewis. … Continue reading #BookReview: Sacred Mounds

#BookReview: Someday Everything Will All Make Sense

My Review Carol LaHines’ debut novel, Someday Everything Will All Make Sense, opens with a grabber of a scene: Luther van der Loon describing the death of his mother, who choked to death on a wonton as he tried--and failed--to save her with a badly executed Heimlich maneuver. We come to know Luther as a … Continue reading #BookReview: Someday Everything Will All Make Sense

#BookReview: The Sons and Daughters of Toussaint

My Review Prior to picking up Keith Madsen’s debut novel, The Sons and Daughters of Toussaint, my view of the country of Haiti had been through the stereotypical lens of the news media. Haiti is typically portrayed as a third-world country in the Caribbean whose people live in grinding poverty, beset by periodic hurricanes, earthquakes, … Continue reading #BookReview: The Sons and Daughters of Toussaint