Didn’t Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta by James Hannaham
So I was well disposed to give a shit what happened to Carlotta but I found I didn’t care as much as I’d hoped. I thought the vernacular would grow on me, but it didn’t. Indeed, I found Carlotta’s inner voice quite preachy and her antics on release day flipped between irritating and dull. But the novel comes highly praised by prestigious critics, so don’t let me put you off.
Thanks to publishers Europa editions for my review copy.
I wonder if my character, Diana, would have had more patience.
Crosshairs by Catherine Hernandez
Whenever I thought surely not in peace-loving Canada I recalled the genocide and compulsory assimilation of the indigenous people. Whenever I thought the story wasn’t subtle enough I remembered the manufactured hostility to migrants here. Catherine Hernandez portrays an all-too-credible near-future dystopia and shows how – if we’re white, straight and nondisabled – compassion without action isn’t enough. A chilling read from Jacaranda books.