[Book Review] The Woman in the Dunes by Kōbō Abe

412buuetmqyl-_sx322_bo1204203200_Title: The Woman in the Dunes
Author: Kōbō Abe
Genre: Fiction, classics, contemporary, existentialism, surrealism

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary: After journeying out to a remote beach town to study bugs, school teacher and amateur entomologist Jumpei Niki misses his last bus home. The local villagers offer him lodgings at the bottom of a vast sand pit that can only be reached by rope ladder. However, when he tries to leave the next morning it appears the locals plan to keep him captive. His only company is the strange young widow who also lives in the pit, and together they are expected to shovel back the ever-advancing sand that threatens to destroy the village.

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[Book Review] The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

7bf7ba53-57a4-45b7-80c8-e94bf4f2da53Title: The Edible Woman
Author: Margaret Atwood
Genre: Fiction, contemporary, feminism

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: All Marian McAlpin wants to be is normal. However, her recent engagement to her boring but respectable boyfriend hasn’t only upset her stable routine, it has also upset her stomach. She gradually loses appetite until she literally can’t eat anything anymore. Where she feels she should be consumed with passion, Marian simply just feels consumed, and she’s soon overcome by a serious identity crisis.

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[Book Review] The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss

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Author: Sarah Moss
Genre: Fiction, literary fiction, contemporary

Where I got the book: I won this book through a giveaway hosted on Instagram and am reviewing this on my own initiative.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Stay-at-home parent Adam and working full-time doctor Emma live in Coventry with their two daughters. One day Adam receives a call from school concerning Miriam, his eldest daughter. For no apparent reason, 15-year-old Miriam has collapsed and stopped breathing. The family is thrown into the terrible situation of waiting and not knowing, and as they struggle to come to terms with what’s happened, they try to reclaim a sense of normalcy.

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[Book Review] The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami

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Author: Haruki Murakami
Genre: Fiction, short stories, contemporary, magical realism

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Bokkilden.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: A woman has not slept for 17 days and soon finds herself passing the time in a state of semi-consciousness. A factory worker makes a pact with a dwarf in order to win the heart of a beautiful girl. A man’s favorite elephant vanishes into thin air and his whole life is subtly thrown out of balance. This is a collection of 17 short stories that deal with the experience of loss, confusion, and loneliness in a slightly surreal world.

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[Book Review] Chemistry by Weike Wang

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Author: Weike Wang
Genre: Fiction, contemporary

Where I got the book: I received a free e-copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Discouraged by her failed research and under constant pressure from her peers, advisors, and parents, our unnamed narrator decides to leave her graduate chemistry studies at a Boston university. The marriage proposal from her devoted and successful boyfriend also keeps looming over her, a proposal she feels she can’t address before she’s found success of her own. As she leaves everything behind, she is confronted with a question she can’t find the answer to in a textbook: “What is it that I really want?”

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[Book Review] 20 by Vatsal Surti

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Author: Vatsal Surti
Genre: Fiction, contemporary, romance

Where I got the book: I received a free e-copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: ★★☆☆☆

Summary: She is an aspiring model, he is a troubled writer. For their first encounter, she almost runs him over with her car. For their second encounter, they happen to meet again at a restaurant the following night and this time they make contact. Eventually a relationship develops and together they struggle to tackle loneliness, love, hopes, and dreams.

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[Book Review] Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin

51m2bpxji2bll-_sx352_bo1204203200_Title: Fever Dream
Author: Samanta Schweblin
Genre: Fiction, contemporary, surrealism, horror

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: A woman named Amanda is dying of poison in a rural hospital clinic. Next to her sits a strange young boy named David, but he’s not her son. David urges Amanda to recall what has happened to her, and through their conversation emerges a feverish nightmare about damaged souls, toxins, and motherly love.

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