Barbara De Garcia

Literary Fiction

Night Boat to Tangier – Kevin Barry (by Barbara)

August 29, 2019
Night Boat to Tangier Book Cover Night Boat to Tangier
Kevin Barry
June 6, 2019

'A true wonder' Max Porter'A blackly comic journey into the abyss' Guardian'Read this wonder of a novel' Jon McGregor'A masterpiece delivered by a glittering talent at the peak of his powers' Big Issue It's late one night at the Spanish port of Algeciras and two fading Irish gangsters are waiting on the boat from Tangier. A lover has been lost, a daughter has gone missing, their world has come asunder - can it be put together again?Night Boat to Tangier is a novel drenched in sex and death and narcotics, in sudden violence and old magic. But above all, it is a book obsessed with the mysteries of love. A tragicomic masterwork from the award-winning Kevin Barry, Night Boat to Tangier is a work of melancholy beauty, wit and lyrical brilliance.

Kevin Barry believes in an economy of words. I love the concept and Barry has embraced it to the core for this novel. As a college professor, I constantly…

Literary Fiction

Normal People – Sally Rooney

April 19, 2019
Normal People Book Cover Normal People
Sally Rooney
Faber & Faber Limited
August 29, 2018

Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years. This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person's life - a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us - blazingly - about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege. Alternating menace with overwhelming tenderness, Sally Rooney's second novel breathes fiction with new life.

Connell is a super popular athlete at his rural high school outside of Galway. Son of a single mother, he is part of the non-privileged class. Fortunately for him,…

Literary Fiction

Milkman – Anna Burns

October 17, 2018
Milkman Book Cover Milkman
Anna Burns
Faber & Faber

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes 'interesting'. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous. Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.

Man Booker Prize Winner 2018
The Reading Desk is pleased to welcome Barbara De Garcia as our Guest, to provide us with her wonderful review of Milkman.
An unconventional book about an unconventional girl,…