While open to reviewing a variety of titles, Farmer tends to be drawn towards recently translated works, novels by international authors, and books produced by small presses.
The following reviews have recently appeared in the Sunday edition of The Gazette:
More reviews are available in the archive below
Reading literature from around the world is a great way to immerse yourself in another culture without leaving home. But why should adults have all the fun? Elsewhere Editions is a new nonprofit publishing house committed to making “visionary picture books from around the world” available to audiences in the United States. Two of its first titles set the bar for what to expect from this press: stunning works that will stir the imagination and peak the curiosity of young and old readers alike. Read full review
In “Not One Day,” out this month from Deep Vellum Press, Garréta puts her Oulipo credentials on full display, as the short book is an exercise in restriction and indulgence. To write “Not One Day” Garréta subjected herself “to the discipline of confessional writing.” The plan was to write for five hours a day for one month “aiming to recount the memory you have of one woman or another whom you have desired or who has desired you. This will be the narrative: the unwinding of memory in the strict framework of a given moment.” No consulting letters or journals. No drafting. Each woman is given one essay, one chapter. When read together several powerful juxtapositions emerge: the author’s distance and tenderness; passion and repulsion; truth and fiction. It’s all here, and more — in under 100 pages. Read full review