Mariko Hewer

Mariko Hewer is a freelance editor and writer. She is passionate about good books, good food, and good company. Find her occasional insights of varying quality on Twitter at @hapahaiku.


20 entries by Mariko Hewer

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How Danielle Evans helped me navigate my feelings about injustice in America.

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Rupi Kaur’s newest book hooks the reader with insights startling in their simplicity.

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No Gods, No Monsters: A Novel

By Cadwell Turnbull

This first book of a new trilogy is mystical, mythical — and a bit mystifying.

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Camaraderie during conflict shows the importance of community.

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Nine Shiny Objects

By Brian Castleberry

This ambitious, multi-decade saga ultimately fails to connect all the dots.

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Before Trans

By Rachel Mesch

A fascinating analysis of identity, women’s rights, and literature as a transformative tool.

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Defining our language helps define us.

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Fracture

By Andrés Neuman; translated by Nick Caistor and Lorenza Garcia

A moving examination of love and human relationships in the face of calamity.

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Tahereh Mafi’s recent novel captures our national condition, writ small.

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Competitive Grieving: A Novel

By Nora Zelevansky

Though it aims for pithy commentary on anguish, love, and growth, this story ultimately lacks a cohesive message.

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Your Ad Could Go Here

By Oksana Zabuzhko

With some excavating, these tales yield up various nuggets of wisdom.

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What long-ago doctors and modern-day medicos can teach us about resilience.

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A recent memoir about hardship and hope proved the perfect antidote to 2020.

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The Hare: A Novel

By Melanie Finn

A guileless young woman becomes ensnared by a malevolent conman.

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How Kamala Harris embodies the female strength celebrated in Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing.

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The characters in The Essex Serpent would recognize the path we’re currently on.

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Flyaway

By Kathleen Jennings

Steeped in magical realism, this debut novel examines human nature and choice.

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Nine Shiny Objects: A Novel

By Brian Castleberry

This ambitious, multi-decade saga ultimately fails to connect all the dots.

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A fascinating analysis of identity, women’s rights, and literature as a transformative tool.

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The Hummingbird: A Novel

By Stephen P. Kiernan

Parallel narratives intertwine in this satisfying tale of love, loss, and redemption.