Tag: Fiction

New Release Review: The Maze at Windermere

Posted March 18, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 10 Comments
New Release Review: The Maze at Windermere

Gregory Blake Smith, The Maze at Windermere (2018) As regular readers of this blog know, I have the joy and honor of being a graduate of Carleton College (model for Blackstock College in the novel Tam Lin – click on the link for a tour). So when I learned one of my favorite professors in […]

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You made me read it: The Art Forger

Posted February 7, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 18 Comments
You made me read it: The Art Forger

B. A. Shapiro, The Art Forger (2012) For my blog anniversary this year, I celebrated with a Make Me Read It giveaway, meaning the winner got to select a book from my TBR pile for both of us to read. Congratulations to R-J, who chose to receive a copy of The Art Forger, which I […]

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What is fiction for?

Posted March 5, 2017 by Lory in discussions / 18 Comments
What is fiction for?

When a certain public figure made it known through his mouthpieces that when he says something that contradicts the perception of others, it’s to be called an “alternative fact,” this gave rise to much mirth in literary circles. Libraries and bookstores posted “Alternative Facts” signs with arrows pointing to the fiction section, suggesting that creating […]

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Margery Sharp Day: Britannia Mews

Posted January 25, 2017 by Lory in events, reviews / 16 Comments
Margery Sharp Day: Britannia Mews

Margery Sharp, Britannia Mews (1946) For the third year in a row, Jane of Beyond Eden Rock is hosting a birthday celebration in honor of the author Margery Sharp, to encourage everyone to read and enjoy her witty, entertaining novels. As Jane notes in her announcement post, for the first time in quite a while […]

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Reading New England: The Witches of Eastwick

Posted October 18, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 21 Comments
Reading New England: The Witches of Eastwick

John Updike, The Witches of Eastwick (1984) When I said I planned to read The Witches of Eastwick for the Reading New England challenge, I also said I didn’t expect to enjoy it — and I was right, I didn’t. So this is going to be one of the rare times on this blog when […]

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Reading New England: Swim That Rock

Posted September 27, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
Reading New England: Swim That Rock

John Rocco and Jay Primiano, Swim That Rock (Candlewick, 2014) Swim That Rock focuses largely on the most notable feature of Rhode Island’s geography: its coastline (which, as I mentioned in my state preview, covers almost 400 miles in a state less than 40 miles wide). And it dwells in loving detail on one of […]

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New Release Review: The Summer Guest

Posted June 8, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 16 Comments
New Release Review: The Summer Guest

Alison Anderson, The Summer Guest (2016) Alison Anderson is perhaps best known as a translator — maybe you’ve heard of a little phenomenon called The Elegance of the Hedgehog? — but she’s also a novelist in her own right. With her latest novel, The Summer Guest, she seems poised to come to greater prominence in […]

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New Release Review: The Children

Posted May 31, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
New Release Review: The Children

Ann Leary, The Children (2016) Ann Leary’s new novel caught my eye largely because of its Connecticut setting, as I’ve been looking for representatives from that state for my Reading New England challenge. And the setting — a slowly disintegrating lakeside estate, situated near an insular town and private school — is indeed very important […]

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Reading New England: Hidden View

Posted May 27, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
Reading New England: Hidden View

Brett Ann Stanciu, Hidden View (2015) If you’re tired of seeing the same books from the same big-name publishers hyped everywhere, and would like to discover some quality under-the-radar fiction that not everyone knows about, I have got something for you. Hidden View by Brett Ann Stanciu is a true hidden gem, a novel with […]

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