Malavika Praseed

Agency, in Life & Death, in “The Aunt Who Wouldn’t Die” – Chicago Review of Books

In 1966, Jean Rhys published Wide Sargasso Sea, a reimagining of Jane Eyre that delved into the past and present of Mr. Rochester’s...

Banter among Bandits in “The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water” – Chicago Review of Books

Deciding what book to read next can be an arduous task. I’ve been known to comb through recommendations from friends, bestseller lists, and...

Lavish Abundance in “Latitudes of Longing”

At fourteen years old I was assigned Paolo Coelho’s landmark novel The Alchemist for summer reading. I threw it on my bed in...

Experiencing Worlds of Water in An Yu’s “Braised Pork” – Chicago Review of Books

It became clear to Jia Jia that Chen Hang must not have considered, not even for a moment, that such a place was...

The Horror of Intent – Chicago Review of Books

When I was a graduate student, I enrolled in a medical ethics course, and one of the first things we discussed was the...

A Scathing Portrayal of Our Culture and Political Climate – Chicago Review of Books

Books, perhaps more so than other media, have the remarkable ability to stay timeless after generations on end. The author’s dilemma is finding...