In the Pond: “when less is simply less”

In the Pond by Ha Jin was a very quick and light read, but ultimately unsatisfying. It is a satirical story about Shao Bin, an intellectual peasant’s valiant yet comical battle with communist bureaucracy during the Mao years of the Cultural Revolution.  Bin works in a fertilizer plant and despite his seniority is denied better … More In the Pond: “when less is simply less”

Water Street: Secrets to tell, secrets to keep

I always love a good short story collection and Crystal Wilkinson impresses me yet again with her second book, Water Street. I also read her most recent novel, The Birds of Opulence, in on setting and found it to be breathtaking. Now I am compelled to read her first book, Blackberries, Blackberries. Each chapter centers around the … More Water Street: Secrets to tell, secrets to keep