Fragile Monsters by Catherine Menon

Fragile Monsters

Catherine Menon

256 pages first pub 2021 (editions)

fiction historical literary challenging informative reflective medium-paced


Mary is a difficult grandmother for Durga to love. She is sharp-tongued and ferocious, with more demons than there are lines on her palms. When Durga visits her in rural Malaysia, she only wants to endure Mary, and the dark memories home brings, f...

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Community Reviews Summary of 92 reviews


emotional 68%
mysterious 68%
reflective 62%
dark 43%
challenging 37%
informative 37%
sad 31%
tense 18%
adventurous 12%
funny 6%
hopeful 6%
inspiring 6%


medium 58%
slow 35%
fast 5%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 72% | A mix: 27%

Strong character development?

Yes: 90% | No: 10%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 60% | No: 20% | Yes: 20%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

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