The Wheelhouse Project: Significant Jumps in Time—Brit Bennett’s ‘The Vanishing Half’

*Light spoilers for The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett* When done well, I love a novel that jumps forward significantly in time with each chapter, often giving us a different characters' perspective as it goes along. This technique functions as a way to look at the novel's facets from different angles, turning the characters and … Continue reading The Wheelhouse Project: Significant Jumps in Time—Brit Bennett’s ‘The Vanishing Half’

The Wheelhouse Project: Retellings of Myths and Fairy Tales — ‘Till We Have Faces’ & ‘Circe’

So far, entries into the Wheelhouse Project have focused on Nancy Pearl's Four Doorways to reading. But the actual "wheelhouse" refers to attributes of a book that make it highly likely I will pick it up. This week we focus on "retellings of myths and fairy tales, bonus points for feminism, anti-racism, and/or realistic depictions … Continue reading The Wheelhouse Project: Retellings of Myths and Fairy Tales — ‘Till We Have Faces’ & ‘Circe’

The Wheelhouse Project: Character

Go here for an introduction to the Wheelhouse Project. This post contains spoilers for Daphne de Maurier's 1938 novel Rebecca and minor spoilers for Karen Thompson Walker's The Dreamers (2019). Character may be the widest story doorway for me. We've already clarified that Story/Plot moves me less than the others. And while I often enjoy books heavy … Continue reading The Wheelhouse Project: Character