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The Water Dancer

By Ta-Nehisi Coates, A potent story about a man born into bondage with the power to shape his fate

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates is Coates’s first foray into writing fiction, and it piqued my curiosity as soon as I heard about it. Yesterday, it was announced as the latest Oprah’s Book Club pick. Coates is well-known for his books of essays, but I largely read fiction, so I’ve never read anything by …

                       

The Snow Child

By Eowyn Ivey, A charming fairytale about a girl made of snow

“Like many fairy tales, there are many different ways it is told, but it always begins the same. An old man and an old woman live happily in their small cottage in the forest, but for one sorrow: they have no children of their own. One winter’s day, they build a girl of snow.” The …

                 

Once Upon A River

By Diane Setterfield, An atmospheric tale of mystery, folklore, fact and fantasy

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield was released yesterday, but I’d been looking forward to it pretty much as soon as I heard about it. Naturally, I was very excited to be approved for an advanced copy of the book. I read her debut novel, The Thirteenth Tale, over ten years ago at the …

              

Spinning Silver

By Naomi Novik, A compelling and imaginative retelling of Rumpelstiltskin

Naomi Novik’s newest novel, Spinning Silver, is a loose retelling of the Brother’s Grimm version of Rumplestiltskin — it borrows just enough elements from it to be recognizable while spending most of its time spinning a vivid and original tale. Plot Summary Miryem lives in a small town in the kingdom of Lithvas and comes …

              

The Night Circus

By Erin Morgenstern, A dreamy cream-puff of a book

I went with my family on a cruise to Alaska a while back and found out that cruises are a little boring if you’re not interested in stuffing your face all day long. And it’s a bit of a long ride going from Seattle (our port of departure) to Alaska, so even a week-long cruise …