and the winner is…

The 2019 winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction is Tayari Jones for ” An American Marriage” which was also longlisted for the National Book awards, and winner of the 2018 NAACP Image Awards for Oustanding Literary Work Fiction. She is also the author of ” Leaving Atlanta”,”The Untelling”, and ” Silver Sparrows”. I cannot wait to read ” An American Marriage”. I saw this book on the Black Girls Read, too Facebook Group and I have had it on my TBR list ever since🙂


Here are three books I saw under this hashtag on Instagram that look interesting to me.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (recommended by britt_the bookworm)

Queenie by Candice Curty -Williams(recommended by vivlioph)

Everybody Always by Bob Goff (recommended by edphesians4)

I figure if I post titles recommended by other book lovers I will always have something interesting to read

Book Review: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Synopsis: ” This is the long-awaited first novel from one of the the most original and memorable writers working today. Things have never been easy for Oscar a sweet but disastrously overweight, ghetto nerd, a New Jersey romantic who dreams of becoming the Dominican JRR Tolkien and most of all finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku’ the ancient curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents and above all ill fated love. Oscar, still dreaming of his first kiss, has become its most recent victim, until the fateful summer he decides it will be its last.( Source

My impressions:

Oscar believes his family is cursed. His mother, Belicia, has survived atrocities she almost didn’t speak of again. His sister, Lola a constant runaway. How else do you explain being a male born into a culture that bases your manhood on having sex. Which Oscar hasn’t had yet. A male virgin in this scenario ,is like a modern-day pariah. Oscar has what I call built in female repellant ; his intense interest of comic books. This may be cute on The Big Bang Theory, but in real life—not so much. When I found out this book won the Pulitzer Prize(2008). This book would be the beginning of my new interest/fixation with Junot Diaz. He would later become one of my favorite authors after I read ” Drown” and “This Is How You Lose Her”. So what is it that drew me in? Besides his good looks, boyfriend is like fire, in the literary sense. I mean he could be a cross-eyed knuckle dragger, and I would still be about that writing. He has this raw, gritty way of telling his stories, they are hauntingly beautiful. Reading this book was like finding a diamond in the garbage dump. I just didn’t expect to find something that substantial. I may be a little jaded about books that are a commercial success, but may not have the depth I am looking for. If it were possible to give this book 7 stars I would so the best I can do is give it 5 stars and add it to my permanent collection

Thai Silk by Alexander Theroux | Poetry Magazine

(For Sarah Son)

Silk is as cool as teak is slim

As shine is bite and light is Fire

And hung on a frame to wonder at

Trail in the way that panel grain

Plain in relief as a solid could

Pass for fluid in the

Nap of wood

Like flowing hair even if right

May seem hard though soft as musk

Alters by don’t of sudden mood

The way by day a slant of rain

Changes angles by dark of night

As sizes largely with shape conspire

Like silver dawn to somber dusk.

Solid and liquid to each aspire

As teak is cool as shine is bite

And light is slim as silk is fire