The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus

 Perhaps a little one fell down in a great black swoon after you sucked free his assets, and the transaction has left you, what is the word, troubled. This sentence comes from Sam, the first-person narrator of The Flame Alphabet. Yes, there aren’t really too many laughs in it. Ben Marcus’ writing has real, believable power…

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

Daphne du Maurier suffers from being a popular writer who is also female. If you write well, people buy your novels and there are actual – like – stories to read in them, then you are probably not going to find yourself as a fully-paid up member of The Canon. And if you’re a woman, you must write women’s books. The…