Foreword Reviews

Elaine Chiew, Book Reviewer

Book Review

Castles from Cobwebs

by Elaine Chiew

J. A. Mensah’s "Castles from Cobwebs" is a haunting coming-of-age tale. Imani is a Ghanaian orphan who was left on a castle incline in Northumbria. Picked up by the reverend mother of a convent, Imani is raised there, experiencing... Read More

Book Review

Boy Meets Girl

by Elaine Chiew

The intertwining of the personal and the political is at the heart of Christie Hodgen’s "Boy Meets Girl", a smart, funny novel. In 1992, rich Ben meets poor-ish Sam in a New Hampshire sandwich shop. Ben is working on a political... Read More

Book Review

The Sixteen Trees of the Somme

by Elaine Chiew

Lars Mytting’s "The Sixteen Trees of the Somme" is an intricate and evocative literary mystery about an orphaned Norwegian man whose family history is caught in between two world wars and the German Jewish sides of WWII. Growing up on... Read More

Book Review

The Blue Book of Nebo

by Elaine Chiew

Reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Manon Steffan Ros’s "The Blue Book of Nebo" is an elegant, elegiac novel that tempers the enormity of nuclear Armageddon with personal, intimate relationships. Rowenna and her... Read More

Book Review

In the Event of Contact

by Elaine Chiew

Distance, psychological and physical, runs through Ethel Rohan’s short story collection In The Event of Contact. Here, contact, or the lack thereof, signals loss, emptiness, and need. Meanwhile, intimacy is a double-edged sword. In... Read More

Book Review

Stoop City

by Elaine Chiew

Concentrated most in a pocket of downtown Toronto, Kristyn Dunnion’s short story collection "Stoop City" is poetic in addressing disaffected urbanites: vagabonds, the poor, strung-out people, and those marginalized by society because... Read More

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