“The Enchanted” by Rene Denfeld

When I picked up The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld, I was expecting it to be a fantasy novel set within a prison.  That’s not quite what it is.  It’s more like the movie “Dead Man Walking” paired with Isabel Allende’s magical realism. The Enchanted is narrated by a mute death row inmate named Arden.  WeRead more

“Burial Rites” by Hannah Kent

Burial Rites is a novel about Agnes Magnusdottir, the last person to be executed in Iceland.  The story is set after Agnes has received her sentence and must await her execution at Kornsa, a farm that was once her childhood home.  At first, the family who lives there is unsettled by her presence, and Agnes’Read more