In brief: Good Intentions, Tickets for the Ark, Crying in H Mart – review

Racial tensions as a romance falters; an ecologist asks hard questions about extinction; and a woman reconnects to her Korean heritage through food

Good Intentions

Kasim Ali
Fourth Estate, £14.99, pp352

Nur is of Pakistani heritage and from a close-knit family, but he cannot bring himself to tell his parents about his girlfriend, Yasmina. She is Sudanese and Nur fears that his family will disapprove of her being black. The novel’s structure, interspersing the backstory of Nur and Yasmina’s relationship with Nur’s current dilemma, impedes propulsion of the story, but Nur is nonetheless a sympathetic protagonist and Ali sensitively explores racial tension and filial guilt.

Tickets for the Ark: From Wasps to Whales – How Do We Choose What to Save?

Rebecca Nesbit
Profile Books, £14.99, pp256

In her thought-provoking and topical book, ecologist Rebecca Nesbit investigates the current state of conservation in the natural world, asking a series of pertinent and timely questions: “Are the species we love the best ones to protect? Do all extinctions matter? What sacrifices should we make in the name of conservation?” Looking at issues such as culling, hunting, rewilding and the complexities of invasive species, she provides an illuminating analysis of where human efforts may best be directed.

Crying in H Mart: A Memoir

Michelle Zauner
Picador, £9.99, pp256 (paperback)

When Zauner’s mother dies, she feels she’s losing ties to her parent’s Korean heritage. In an endeavour both to reconnect to that heritage and to honour her mother, she remembers the Korean food of her childhood. Through memories of her sometimes troubled relationship with her mother, including a sustained period of estrangement, Zauner explores themes of cultural dissonance and diaspora, producing a raw and tender portrayal of grief.

To order Good Intentions, Tickets for the Ark or Crying in H Mart go to Delivery charges may apply


Hannah Beckerman

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
In brief: Every Good Boy Does Fine; Islanders; Sentient – review
Pianist Jeremy Denk’s insightful memoir, tales of Guernsey life by Cathy Thomas and Jackie Higgins’s vivid exploration of the senses

Hannah Beckerman

22, May, 2022 @4:00 PM

Article image
In brief: The Details; Uprooting; Ponies at the Edge of the World – review
A feverish novel about memory and relationships; a gardener’s attempt to put down roots; and how Shetland reshaped a researcher’s view of nature and community

Hephzibah Anderson

27, Aug, 2023 @4:00 PM

Article image
In brief: Unsettled Ground; Genesis; Inferno – reviews
Twins unravel their family history when their mother dies; myths, science and the origins of the universe; and a harrowing account of postpartum psychosis

Hannah Beckerman

28, Mar, 2021 @10:00 AM

Article image
In brief: States of Passion; Unnatural Causes; Devil’s Day – reviews
A story of passion in Syria’s golden age; a compassionate memoir by a leading pathologist; and a tension-filled gothic horror

Hannah Beckerman

16, Sep, 2018 @10:00 AM

Article image
In brief: The Cure for Good Intentions; Widowland; The Moth and the Mountain – reviews
An eye-opening memoir of leaving journalism for medicine; a gripping counterfactual novel about 1950s Britain; and the moving story of a daring attempt to climb Everest

Alexander Larman

13, Jun, 2021 @3:00 PM

Article image
In brief: Belonging; Nowhere to Run; The Book of Fire – reviews
A thoughtful rural Scottish memoir, a comic yarn of football ownership and a tale of trauma and redemption built on embers

Ben East

21, Aug, 2023 @2:30 PM

Article image
In brief: Turning the Tide on Plastic; A Long Island Story; A Life of My Own – reviews
Lucy Siegle tackles our plastic habit, a McCarthy-era novel lacks pace, while biographer Claire Tomalin tells her own engrossing story

Hannah Beckerman

22, Jul, 2018 @10:00 AM

Article image
In brief: The Seduction; Good Morning, Destroyer of Men's Souls; James and Nora – review
A brave memoir on love and addiction

Hannah Beckerman

21, Jun, 2020 @10:00 AM

Article image
In brief: A Good Enough Mother; Character Breakdown; Take Nothing With You – review
A thoughtful novel from Bev Thomas, a keenly observed memoir from Zawe Ashton and a poignant coming-of-age tale from Patrick Gale

Hannah Beckerman

28, Apr, 2019 @12:00 PM

Article image
In brief: The Crying Book; Right After the Weather; The Lost Properties of Love – reviews
A personal story of tears, a novel of mid-life epiphanies and a memoir of grief and loss all enthral

Hephzibah Anderson

16, Feb, 2020 @3:00 PM