Review: Human Acts by Han Kang

30091914Published: January 17th 2017 (first published 2014)

Translated by: Deborah Smith

Publisher: Hogarth

Genres: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Korean Literature

Source: Purchased Harcover

My Rating: 5stars-600x201 (1)

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Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

26025588Published: August 23rd 2016

Publisher: Random House

Genres: Literary Fiction, Culttural

Format: ARC Source: Won

My Rating: 4 Stars

Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty—and Jende is eager to please. Clark’s wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses’ summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future.

However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers’ façades.

When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende’s job—even as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice.

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Audiobook Review: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

17333535Published: October 22nd, 2013 

By: Hachette Audio

Narrated By: David Pittu (32 hours, 29 minutes)

Genres: Literary-Fiction, Contemporary, Coming-of-Age

Format: Audio CD Source: Purchased 

My Rating: 4 Stars 

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Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

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