Book Review: The Book of Night Women, by Marlon James

4/5 Holy cow, this book was difficult to rate – almost as difficult as it was to read.  But this makes perfect sense, as Marlon James’s The Book of Night Women is not a satisfying book.  The story it tells is frustrating, disturbing, and, ultimately, deeply unsatisfying.  My knee-jerk reaction to feeling anger and frustration…

Book Review: “All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother” by Danielle Teller

4/5 “Compelling fiction often obscures the humble truth.”  This quote from All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother is a perfect summation of this wonderful book.  Danielle Teller’s retelling of Cinderella from the viewpoint of her stepmother, Agnes, cleanly removes the magic from the old fairytale and focuses on one woman’s struggle for…