The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya

a bookclique pick by Currie Engel When I set out to write my book review, I’d already selected a fun, summer fiction read. But walking into my local bookstore in Greenwich Village three weeks ago, a display with the label “IMMIGRANT STORIES” made me pause. I wandered over and picked up Clemantine Wamariya’s memoir, intrigued by the promise of a compelling narrative. Recent news stories … Continue reading The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya

Sodom Road Exit by Amber Dawn

a bookclique pick by Tanya Boteju In Amber Dawn’s second novel, Sodom Road Exit, loss, haunting, desire, and trauma roll in waves through the story like the famous ‘Cyclone’ roller coaster brought to life in its pages. And like a roller coaster, this story is both terrifying and strangely satisfying. The terror comes in many forms — the torment of childhood sexual abuse, the despair … Continue reading Sodom Road Exit by Amber Dawn