Laura Esquivel, Like Water for Chocolate

Today’s letter is E, for Laura Esquivel. This Mexican writer is most well-known for her first novel, Like Water for Chocolate (1989). It was made into a film in 1994, but what I didn’t know until I did a little research on Esquivel was that the novel was written before the film. Everyone had told Esquivel, who was a nursery … Continue reading Laura Esquivel, Like Water for Chocolate

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Now posting on Vulpes Libris: North Korean magical realism

I've posted a review of Hwang Sok-yong's novel Princess Bari over on Vulpes Libris: magical realism, forest survival, spirit voices, starvation, reflexology, snakehead extortion, refugee survival, the long arm of the law circumvented by smiling faces and deft disappearances, the floating, shifting population of London's migrant communities and the silent snowy Chinese hillsides where Bari is taught … Continue reading Now posting on Vulpes Libris: North Korean magical realism

Outrageous bullying for the good of the family in G B Stern’s The Matriarch

There is something particularly enjoyable about a female villain in fiction, written for readers who expect women to be pure, perfect, and positive. I did a podcast miniseries in 2012 on jaw-droppingly awful, truly appalling female characters, all behaving badly. It was immense fun to research and write, because these characters are so vile that when I’m reading them, they … Continue reading Outrageous bullying for the good of the family in G B Stern’s The Matriarch