The Secret of a 100-Year-Old Woman

Book Review of "The Secret Scripture" by Sebastian Barry. Roscommon Mental Hospital is about to be torn down, and the director, Dr. Grene has to figure out what to do with his patients, including Roseanne McNulty. Should he move her to the new facility? Maybe he should find her somewhere on the outside? She doesn’t … Continue reading The Secret of a 100-Year-Old Woman

A Plot on a Plot of Land

Book Review of "Visitation" by Jenny Erpenbeck. When it comes to historical fiction, the years before, during and after World War II have become some of the most popular to write about, mostly because of the opportunity they give the writer to evoke strong emotions in their readers. Yet, with all the drama that this … Continue reading A Plot on a Plot of Land

That Which Emerges from Her Cocoons

Book Review of "The Behaviour Of Moths" (aka "The Sister") by Poppy Adams. Take two estranged sisters, reunited after 47 years and of course, things aren't going to be comfortable and breezy. Put them in the stately home they grew up in, which is now a dilapidated mansion that one sister has stayed in all … Continue reading That Which Emerges from Her Cocoons

An Occupied Island and Unusual Occupations

Book Review of "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows. When the Nazis occupied the island of Guernsey during WW2, some of the inhabitants tried to carry on as usual. Others felt they should try to do something in defiance of their captors. When their gatherings become … Continue reading An Occupied Island and Unusual Occupations

A Girl who is Part Mystery, Part Fantasy

Book Review of "The Girl on the Landing" by Paul Torday. Reading Paul Torday's novel "The Girl on the Landing" makes one want to paraphrase Joseph Heller's quote from "Catch 22" to read: "Just because you're [being treated for] paranoid [schizophrenia], doesn't mean they aren't really after you”.  The story here is about Michael and … Continue reading A Girl who is Part Mystery, Part Fantasy

Ten Warmly Flowing Stories of Louisiana

Book Review for the short story collection "Down at the End of the River" by Angus Woodward. I have never been to Louisiana. In fact, the first things I think of when I hear the name of that state is humidity, hurricanes and heat. Other words like Creole and Cajuns also spring to mind, as … Continue reading Ten Warmly Flowing Stories of Louisiana