Literary Musings: Biographical, Historical Fiction.

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A New Trend or an Old Friend? One of my friends, Barbara Probst, who is a member of the Facebook group In Literary Love with me, recently put up a post on that page asking the following question of the group: “What does everyone think about this new hybrid genre that's a cross between fiction … Continue reading Literary Musings: Biographical, Historical Fiction.

Truth and Politics

Book Review of "The Death of an Owl by Paul Torday. According to the forward (written by the late Torday's son Piers), this book is "about a man who couldn't help but tell the truth, and how that played out when he gets involved in a scandal involving a politician who runs over an owl … Continue reading Truth and Politics

Here, there and maybe nowhere

Book Review of "This must be the Place" by Maggie O'Farrell. Daniel Sullivan is a bit of a mess; with more than his fair share of screwed up relationships, when he meets Claudette, it seems like things might take a different turn for once. That isn't to say that Claudette, the woman who ran away … Continue reading Here, there and maybe nowhere

My Reading of Maggie O’Farrell’s Novels

An overview of the books by one of my favorite authors: Maggie O'Farrell There are very few authors I find compelling enough to want to read every one of their books. One of those few is Maggie O'Farrell. I first discovered O'Farrell's work with her fourth novel, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox. This intriguing … Continue reading My Reading of Maggie O’Farrell’s Novels

A Nobel Introduction?

Book Review of "Vintage Munro" - a collection of short stories by Alice Munro. In 2013, Alice Munro received the Nobel Prize for Literature. What made this award unique was that it was the first time they gave it to an author who exclusively writes short stories. To honor this, Vintage books put out a … Continue reading A Nobel Introduction?

Becoming Nora

Book Review of "Nora Webster" by Colm Tóibín. Everyone loved Maurice Webster. While she was married to him, Nora lived quietly in his shadow. Then he fell ill, and as his death approached, Nora was totally devoted, practically ignoring her sons and daughters in order to care for him. Now that he's gone, Nora has … Continue reading Becoming Nora

The Monsters Within

Book Review for "The Determined Heart" by Antoinette May. The bulk of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's fame came from her novel "Frankenstein." However, she was also married to Percy Bysshe Shelley, and the daughter of two well-known writers, Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin. This novel examines the life of this woman who, in the early 1800s, … Continue reading The Monsters Within

In Congruence

Book Review for "Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights" by Salman Rushdie. This novel, according to Rushdie's website, is "a wonder tale about the way we live now, a rich and multifaceted work that blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story to bring alive a world – our world – that has been … Continue reading In Congruence

Illusions and Elusions

Book Review of "The Magician's Lie" by Greer Macallister. It is 1905 and the woman they call the Amazing Arden is a magician whose fame is on the rise. After her last show, they find a dead man and identify him as her husband; of course, she is the first suspect for this murder. Officer … Continue reading Illusions and Elusions