My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

The story doesn't give out the truth immediately but dropping bits and pieces here and there, guiding the readers to the bigger picture at a moderate pace. It captures our attention from the beginning with a Facebook post of a girl telling a story of her assault by a teacher…

The Sweet Hereafter, Russell Banks

Four different narrators are recalling their memories on the day of the school bus accident which occurred in a small town of Sam Dent. Dolores Driscoll is the most experienced school bus driver in that town. She is the first narrator who gives her account of the story, beginning with…

Pizza Girl, Jean Kyoung Frazier

This story begins with the name of the narrator's customer Jenny Hauser who orders pepperoni and pickles pizza every Wednesday. The narrator is just eighteen years old and eleven weeks pregnant at that time working as a pizza delivery girl at Eddie's. The story is gradually revealing bits and pieces…

The Black-Marketer's Daughter, Suman Mallick

A Pakistani Muslim Zuleikha is married to Iskander via arranged marriage and struggles to adjust to her new life in Texas. She soon realises the life in America is not what she learned from confiscated contraband movies and books in Pakistan. Besides trying to adapt in such an estrange environment,…

Small Great Things, Jodi Picoult

"Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are." BENJAMIN FRANKLIN It Begins With...It begins with the story of Ruth's mother, who is working as a maid for a white family. Ruth's mother helps the mistress with the baby's…

Train Man, Hitori Nakano

A Japanese geek with the nickname ‘Train Man’ is acting different from usual when he saves two ladies from a drunk man in the train. As an appreciation for his help, one of the ladies sends him a pair of expensive Hermes teacups as a thank you gift. The ‘Train…

Hungry in Ipoh by Various, Hadi M. Nor

It's difficult to convince readers to obtain a novel comprising short stories, unless there is a review which include a brief synopsis of all these stories. I felt that it's important to have a brief introduction to each story, in order to attract more readers to support our local authors.…

Paperboy, Vince Vawter

The story of Paperboy takes place in Memphis in 1959. Victor Vollmer is an 11-year-old boy who can barely say a word without stuttering, even his own name. However, this doesn't mean he doesn't have any other skills. In fact, he is a very talented baseball pitcher who is good…