What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

a bookclique pick by Jessica Flaxman It’s true. What is not yours is not yours. No matter how much you want it, you can’t have it, if it isn’t yours. Helen Oyeyemi’s collection of short stories, What is Not Yours is Not Yours, explores the longing we all have for the things and people that are not ours despite our best (and worst) efforts. Oyeyemi has made … Continue reading What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra

a bookclique pick by Jessica Flaxman The Tsar of Love and Techno is an admittedly opaque title for a collection of interconnected short stories about Stalinist Russia, the USSR, and the modern conflict in Chechnya. But don’t let that put you off. Marra is a brilliant storyteller who brings characters and places to life like no other. The Tsar in the book’s title is a figment … Continue reading The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra