The Nine Cloud Dream

The Nine Cloud Dream is a 17th century Korean novel attributed to Kim Man Jung about a young Buddhist monk from a sacred mountain who falls from grace by obsessing over earthly pleasures. One day, upon returning drunk from the kingdom of the Dragon King, the young monk Hsing-chen meets eight beautiful fairies barring his…

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

The novel of 2019 Nobel Prize winner for Literature Olga Tokarczuk describes the life of eccentric recluse, Janina (a name that she hates), in a small remote village in Poland, which is home to only a few residents.  The novel starts with the untimely death of Janina’s neighbor, whom she refers to as Bigfoot. Janina…

The Tiger’s Wife

It’s hard to describe the kind of novel The Tiger’s Wife is.  Though relatively short, it’s a multi-layered novel that spans at least 3 generations. The main story is about the relationship between Natalia (the narrator) and her beloved grandfather, who has been her mentor and inspiration throughout life. As a young doctor trying to…