Category Archives: literary fiction

The Night Strangers – Chris Bohjalian, Alison Fraser, Mark Bramhall

Lesson learned: don’t read reviews before reading the book. I know this; I just sort of forget sometimes. Don’t do that. There’s a lot of negativity out there about this book – and spoilers. Totally pointless note to start: I’m … Continue reading

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The Second Mrs. Hockaday – Susan Rivers

Extraordinary. This was the first of two books I coincidentally read in recent months which described the horrors of the Southern homefront during the Civil War. Here the horrors were more tangential, dealt with more matter-of-factly, never the main focus … Continue reading

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Somehow Good – William Frend de Morgan – Helen Taylor

I was wandering through Librivox, and in looking for something comforting found some recordings of E. Nesbit novels by a narrator new to me, Helen Taylor. You never know what you’re going to get with volunteer readers, but Helen Taylor … Continue reading

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The Guest Room – Chris Bohjalian

“And there’s more.” “How? Seriously, Richard, how could there possibly be more?” It’s an excellent question, asked by Kristin Chapman, wife of Richard, brother of Phillip who is getting married in a couple of weeks. You see, Richard is his … Continue reading

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Love and the Art of War – Dinah Lee Küng

What a fun premise: Meek librarian discovers her beloved husband might be having an affair and reacts in the only way she is equipped for: signs up for a local seminar. However, though she signs up for “Mending Marriage or … Continue reading

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Tournament – Shelby Foote, Tom Parker

The audiobook, narrated by Tom Parker (not, sadly, the author – though Mr. Parker does do a wonderful job, I just missed Shelby Foote), begins with a lengthy 1986 preface by the author in which he discusses the genesis of … Continue reading

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North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell, Juliet Stevenson

Eighteen hours and eighteen minutes of this felt like so much longer, somehow. And has led to a review-or-whatever-you-want-to-call-this that seems almost as long … And ranty. That might make up for some of the length. And that’s one of … Continue reading

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The House of Closed Doors – Jane Steen

I hesitate before reading a book by someone I “know” on Goodreads. It’s tricky; if I like it, great – but then a positive review sounds suspicious. If I don’t like it, the diplomatic engineering of that review is a … Continue reading

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The Book of Madness and Cures – Regina O’Melveney

I received The Book of Madness and Cures through Netgalley for review – thanks to them and the publisher. I have to say I was disappointed with this book. I didn’t really have expectations, per se; I think I’ve commented … Continue reading

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Whorticulture – Marie-Anne Mancio

This is a very unusual book. I won it through LibraryThing’s Member Giveaway in exchange for a review; otherwise I’m not sure I would have finished it. Yet in the end I’m glad I did finish it. The title is … Continue reading

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