Published: ‘All the Lives We Ever Lived’ Finds Comfort in Mourning with Virginia Woolf (PopMatters)

My latest book review at PopMatters is of a bibliomemoir by Katharine Smyth: ALL THE LIVES WE EVER LIVED. It features one of my all-time favorite novels, TO THE LIGHTHOUSE, by Virginia Woolf. Smyth explores how the writing of this novel helped Woolf finally come to terms with the loss of her mother and how the reading of it helped Smyth through her own grief over losing her father.

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Published: Bringing Forth the Male Gaze in ‘Preeto and Other Stories’ (PopMatters)

My latest book review is of an anthology translated from Urdu to English, edited by Dr Rakhshanda Jalil. Preeto and Other Stories comprises of 13 short stories written by male Urdu writers and examining the male gaze in contemporary Urdu fiction. Through these short stories about women, we see how male Urdu writers have viewed women and their place in society. I've often said and written how many male writers — both in the East and in the West — struggle to depict women well in fiction. It's hard enough for women writers to do justice to all that is unsaid

2018: A Year in Reading

A reflection on the books I have read in 2018 along with links to published reviews and how I fared with my reading diversity goals. Also, some thoughts and goals for 2019 reading including a #2019AuthorReadingGoal project which you can join if you like. (let me know in the comments.) Here’s to a happy, productive reading year for all of us in 2019.