The Outlook for Earthlings by Joan Frank | Book Review

The Outlook For Earthlings traces a difficult friendship across a lifetime. Melanie Taper is rule-bound, timid, self-erasing. Yet in unguarded moments she demonstrates such deadly insight into human foibles as to suggest a strength that has, for dark reasons, deliberately hidden itself lifelong. Scarlet Rand is rash, willful, abrasive—vexed by “demure” traits and “small fussing motions.”…

Love After Love by Ingrid Persaud | Book Review

In Love After Love, Trinidadian author Ingrid Persaud challenges the reader’s definitions of love and family by presenting Indo-Caribbean characters who are bound by intimacy as a means of comparison to the more traditional bonds of marriage and blood relations. The plot begins when a single man, Mr. Chetan, moves in to share a house…