A Doubtful Family.

Book Review for “The Believers” by Zoë Heller. Summary: "When Audrey makes a devastating discovery about her husband, New York radial lawyer Joel Litvinoff, she is forced to re-examine everything she thought she knew about their forty-year marriage. Joel's children will soon have to come to terms with this unsettling secret themselves, but for the … Continue reading A Doubtful Family.

Lady Deals the Cards.

Book Review for “A Betting Woman: A Novel of Madame Moustache” by Jenni L. Walsh. Summary: "When her whole family dies in a fire, young Simone flees her grief and travels west to reinvent herself in burgeoning San Francisco. Down to her last dollar and facing some unsavory options, Simone quick-wits her way to a … Continue reading Lady Deals the Cards.

Opening and Closing Wounds.

Book Review for “Swimming Back to Trout River” by Linda Rui Feng. Summary: “In the summer of 1986 in a small Chinese village, ten-year-old Junie receives a momentous letter from her parents, who had left for America years ago: her father promises to return home and collect her by her twelfth birthday. But Junie’s growing … Continue reading Opening and Closing Wounds.

We Will Walk Up the Avenue.

Book Review for “The Social Graces” by Renée Rosen. Summary: "In the glittering world of Manhattan's upper crust, where wives turn a blind eye to husbands' infidelities, and women have few rights and even less independence, society is everything. The more celebrated the hostess, the more powerful the woman. And none is more powerful than … Continue reading We Will Walk Up the Avenue.

Smithies at War.

Book Review for “Band of Sisters” by Lauren Willig. Summary: "A scholarship girl from Brooklyn, Kate Moran thought she found a place among Smith’s Mayflower descendants, only to have her illusions dashed the summer after graduation. When charismatic alumna Betsy Rutherford delivers a rousing speech at the Smith College Club in April of 1917, looking … Continue reading Smithies at War.

“… the Next Best Thing”?

Book Review for “The Charmed Wife” by Olga Grushin. Summary: “Cinderella married the man of her dreams--the perfect ending she deserved after diligently following all the fairy-tale rules. Yet now, two children and thirteen and a half years later, things have gone badly wrong and her life is far from perfect. One night, fed up, … Continue reading “… the Next Best Thing”?

Idyllically Ordinary.

Book Review for “Rhododendron Pie” by Margery Sharp. Summary: “This story of Ann Laventies who refuses to live up to her family's elegance and snobbery. Her father is an exquisite dilettante; her brother, Dick, a competent artist and polished adventurer with the ladies; her sister, Elizabeth, the writer of fine essays. But Ann is disappointed … Continue reading Idyllically Ordinary.

Smiles and a Funny Face.

Book Review for “Adele: A Novel” by Nicola Cassidy. Summary: "1905: Eight-year-old Adele Austerlitz moves from her humble home in Omaha, Nebraska, with her five-year-old brother Fred, to New York to begin training at a professional stage academy. They undertake a gruelling schedule of rehearsals and touring, setting the foundations of what will be the … Continue reading Smiles and a Funny Face.

Bride and Evidence – #ShortStorySunday – A Novella and A Short Story

Reviews for the novella “And the Bride Closed the Door” by Ronit Matalon, and the short story “Evidence of the Affair” by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Once again, I seem to be getting a little bit behind in my reviewing, so because these two works are both short fiction, I thought I’d combine the two into … Continue reading Bride and Evidence – #ShortStorySunday – A Novella and A Short Story

… and one real marriage.

Book Review for “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Summary: “Reclusive Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant to write her story, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Determined to … Continue reading … and one real marriage.