Search Results: "M.G. Vassanji"


BOOK REVIEW

AMRIIKA by M.G. Vassanji
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 14, 2001

"Vassanji is a gifted writer who has produced and will again produce better work."
This earnest and intelligent novel, the fourth from the Indian-born author (now resident in Canada) of The Book of Secrets (1996), sedulously charts an Asian-African immigrant's experience of three decades of recent American history. Read full book review >

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THE IN-BETWEEN WORLD OF VIKRAM LALL by M.G. Vassanji
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 19, 2004

"A bleak but affecting portrait of loss by a master writer (Amerika, 2001, etc.) come fully into his own. (N.B.: This is Vassanji's fifth novel and second Giller Prize winner.)"
Born and raised in East Africa, Indian Vassanji describes in spare but resonant prose the depressing realities of post-colonial Africa in telling the story of a man whose life is blighted by the times. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF SECRETS by M.G. Vassanji
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 19, 1996

"Gracefully evocative of a distant time and place, but too coolly and carefully crafted to be fully absorbing."
In a novel that won Canada's distinguished Giller Prize, East Africanborn Vassanji (No New Land, p. 102) details a languorous pursuit of secrets hinted at in an old diary—a diary that becomes in the end a search for meaning in the investigator's own life. Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC OF SAIDA by M.G. Vassanji
Released: March 6, 2013

"An ambitious, passionate work about racial identity, deracination and the unsolvable mysteries of the human heart."
Vassanji (The Assassin's Song, 2007, etc.) employs dense yet splintered prose to mirror the dense yet splintered identity of his multicultural/multiethnic protagonist, a successful Canadian doctor who was born in Tanzania to an African mother and Indian father. Read full book review >

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THE ASSASSIN’S SONG by M.G. Vassanji
Released: Aug. 24, 2007

"Another fine, though imperfect novel from an intelligent and inventive storyteller."
An ambitious young man travels far from his homeland, family and a burdensome ancestral obligation in the native Indian (now Canadian) author's lyrical sixth novel. Read full book review >

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NO NEW LAND by M.G. Vassanji
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 1995

"Clear-eyed, sympathetic, and absorbing."
An intimate portrait of the Indian community in Toronto from Vassanji (Uhuru Street, not reviewed). Read full book review >

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EMANCIPATED by M.G. Reyes
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 12, 2015

"Enjoyably gossipy at times, but it takes some patience. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A group of emancipated minors, many hiding secrets, share a house in LA's Venice Beach. Read full book review >

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BI-NORMAL by M.G. Higgins
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 1, 2013

"A welcome addition to the still-small field of teen books about bisexual characters. (Fiction. 12-16)"
In a short but nonetheless expressive coming-out story, a teen football player with a girlfriend discovers he has feelings for another boy. Read full book review >

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OFFSIDE by M.G. Higgins
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 1, 2013

"Higgins' briskly paced tale, skillfully alternating the drama with the sports, will capture readers' attention. (Fiction. 12-18)"
As a soccer player, student and frequent baby sitter, Faith feels beset with responsibilities. Read full book review >

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BEETLE BOY by M.G. Leonard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Overall, a charming and (at times) affecting romp through beetle land. (entomology dictionary) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A young teen searches for his father with the assistance of unusual beetles in British documentarian Leonard's debut novel, a series opener. Read full book review >

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THE SOLDIER by M.G. Higgins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A slim volume, filled to the brim. (Fiction. 7-11)"
In a village torn apart by war, 12-year-old Leyla makes a very brave choice. Read full book review >

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INCRIMINATED by M.G. Reyes
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 24, 2016

"The juxtaposition of rounded characters with outrageous situations gives readers just enough of a base to stand on before the story runs off with them. (Thriller. 14-18)"
Six legally emancipated, culturally and racially diverse teens share a luxury house in Venice Beach, but the once-tightknit group is drifting apart, and their only hope for coming together is breaking through the multiple lies, coverups, and conspiracies twisting through their lives. Read full book review >