Book Review: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

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If you like Jeffrey Eugenides’s books, then you’ll like this effort of his, too. I think he is a terrific writer with terrific ideas but I am constantly frustrated by his endings. He loves the story without reason but personally (as a Gemini) the why is important for me, otherwise I can end up thinking I’ve wasted my time on a book that doesn’t have any answers (and what do we read for if not to find the answers to some of life’s great questions?).

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Guest Post: The Man Who Cut His Lawn With Scissors by Zac Newnham

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Today’s guest post is perhaps an unusual one. The author, Zac Newnham, is family – my second cousin – although family promoting family, there’s nothing very unusual about that. His knack for top-notch short stories (from the very short to the slightly longer) meant that when the Melbourne Writers’ Festival asked people via Twitter who their favourite short story writers were, I immediately tweeted back about “a relatively unknown up-and-comer, Zac Newnham” and predicted “big things ahead for him”.

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Book Review: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

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The Bell Jar is very readable prose but, boy, does it tackle a difficult to read topic. Esther is a young woman who seems to have it all but struggles with mental health issues. It’s well known that this novel is based on Sylvia Plath’s own experiences and she originally published it under a pseudonym to protect the people in her life she had done little to disguise in the book.

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