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The Wallcreeper by Nell Zink

The funniest book of 2016: Nell Zink’s first novel The Wallcreeper from 2014 is a witty, dark and sharp portrait of a marriage as perceived by Tiffany, our unsentimental, humorous and snappy heroine. There is no way to recap this book in a few lines without corrupting it by focusing on the plot and history –… Keep Reading

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The Vegetarian by Han Kang

I gave this book to my dad, saying it was about a woman who decided to become a vegetarian and the repercussions of this decision. I got it back from him with the note: “Not really.” So of course I had to read it. I also had to read it because it was the winner… Keep Reading

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Maggie Nelson’s ‘The Argonauts’: A somehow disappointed review

Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts is all-the-rage right now. ‘Short & sweet’, it takes a form of a memoir, but rather than dragging the reader through her first memories as a child or the reminiscences of her mother’s perfume, it tells the story of her relationship with her transgendered partner Harry and her following pregnancy/motherhood. But… Keep Reading

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Maggie Nelson’s ‘The Argonauts’: A heavily biased review

I began reading Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts four or five months ago. I say ‘began’ because I haven’t really stopped since. I pick it up several times a week to sink back into particularly beautiful passages, or plumb further her more layered and difficult observations. I have a slightly wary suspicion that I will be… Keep Reading

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“A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara: A two-part book review

Masterpiece or soap opera? The aptly and yet ironically named novel A Little Life (it’s literally the size of a brick) has swept across the US and Europe with much fanfare, so much that its author, the otherwise unknown Hanya Yanagihara, appeared at this year’s Louisiana Literature. Here, two Arkers present you with each their own… Keep Reading

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“DARK SPRING” by Unica Zürn

A girl commits suicide, after her ‘’coming-of-age’’ turns into a freudian nightmare. I’d like to start this book review out with a long awkward silence. /Hold it. Rarely have I read a book that is so difficult to say something about. Possibly because of the anger and fury that evaporates from all the pages, which… Keep Reading

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