Michelle Bailat-Jones

Writer, Translator, Reader

Apologies for being so quiet around here. I have had several extremely busy weeks. Getting back to work after my maternity leave is proving to be a little more difficult than I had expected. But I won’t bore you all with the details (assuming there are any of you left…)

Nevertheless, I have been reading. And some very excellent fiction at that.

Before I say more, I invite you all to reread The Bacchae by Euripedes and then order a copy of Maile Chapman’s début novel Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto. Graywolf is publishing this excellent novel in April and I’ve been fortunate enough to read it for a review I’m writing. I’ll write some more thoughts up this week and be sure to publish a link to the formal review when it comes out.

But I mean it…order this book…you will not regret it.

7 Responses to “a fantastic début novel”

  1. Stefanie

    Is The Bacchae somehow connected to Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto or are they both just good books you’ve read recently? I’ve not read The Bacchae before though I know the story. I’ll be having a Euripides extravaganza after if finish off Sophocles maybe by the end of the year. That’s the plan at least!

  2. verbivore

    Stefanie – I realized just after posting that I should have made the connection more clear. Yes, The Bacchae will greatly inform the reading of Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto. Just knowing the story is probably enough but I read The Bacchae after reading the novel, and wished I had read it in reverse to catch even more of the allusions.

  3. Care

    Sounds like a great project. Will tbr and note that I should read these as a set.

  4. litlove

    How intriguing! I’m looking forward very much to hearing about your reading. And I send hugs for the monumental struggle that is working with a very small child. You’ll manage it fabulously, but it is tough.

  5. verbivore

    Care – Fantastic novel, can’t recommend it more.

    Litlove – Thank you, you are wonderfully sweet. Hug much appreciated (and needed!)

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