Category Archives: literary fiction

Beartown – Fredrik Backman

This book wrecked me. It kept me up until three in the morning, and though I dreaded picking it up again the next day I did – thank God I started this on a Saturday – and I finished it … Continue reading

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Lockdown – Laurie R. King

In my eyes, Laurie R. King can do no wrong. She has been on my Indispensables List for over two decades, and she is absolutely one of those writers whom I will follow anywhere. I doubt I would normally read … Continue reading

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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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