We Need New Names
A Novel by NoViolet Bulawayo 2013 / 304 Pages
We all have problems. I get that. As adults it’s much easier to get caught in the trap of complaining about any given hardship that we encounter or bump in the road that we might face than it is to work towards a realistic solution to whatever the source of our current woe might be. We’re only human. We often get stuck in endless cycles of bad behavior, unable to rescue ourselves for torments that are mostly of our own creation. Sometimes we fail. Other times we succeed. Both the highs and the lows can be wild, emotional roller coasters.
Rating: 4.5 The Yips A Novel by Nicola Barker 2012 / 550 Pages
The Setup: The hilarious Man Booker-longlisted novel from the author of DARKMANS, Nicola Barker.
2006 is a foreign country; they do things differently there. Tiger Woods’ reputation is entirely untarnished and the English Defence League does not exist yet. Storm-clouds of a different kind are gathering above the bar of Luton’s less than exclusive Thistle Hotel. Among those caught up in the unfolding drama are a man who’s had cancer seven times, a woman priest with an unruly fringe, the troubled family of a notorious local fascist, an interfering barmaid with three E’s at A-level but a PhD in bullshit, a free-thinking Muslim sex therapist and his considerably more pious wife. But at the heart of every intrigue and the bottom of every mystery is the repugnantly charismatic Stuart Ransom – a golfer in free-fall.
Nicola Barker’s Man Booker-longlisted novel THE YIPS is at once a historical novel of the pre-Twitter moment, the filthiest state-of-the-nation novel since Martin Amis’ MONEY and the most flamboyant piece of comic fiction ever to be set in Luton. (From the hardcover edition)