Category Archives: Fiction

The Passion of New Eve

Evelyn is an Englishman in a violent, rat-infested New York, a city nothing like his dreams: The first thing I saw when I came out of the Air Terminal was, in a shop window, an obese plaster gnome squatly perched … Continue reading

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The Orphan Master’s Son

My literary journey through North Korea continues, this time with a novel, Adam Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son. Part memoir, part biography, and part propaganda, the novel takes readers to the center of power in North Korea, as it follows … Continue reading

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Among Others

Jo Walton’s Among Others is the 1979 diary of Mori, a 15-year-old Welsh girl. As we gradually pick up bits of her history (because who would write down an entire narrative in a private diary?), we learn that she and … Continue reading

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The Taste of Sorrow

Now that I’ve read all seven novels by the Brontë sisters, I am proceeding to books about them. First up is Jude Morgan’s wonderful novel about their lives. As far as I can tell, not having read any biographies of … Continue reading

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The Murder Farm

This novel by German author Andrea Maria Schenkel and translated by Anthea Bell begins with a foreword in which an unnamed narrator writes of spending the summer after the war with relatives in the country: During those weeks, that village … Continue reading

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By Blood We Live

By Blood We Live is the third in Glen Duncan’s massively entertaining, literate, philosophical, funny, heart-stoppingly suspenseful, sexy trilogy about vampires and werewolves. (You can find here on this very site my reviews of The Last Werewolf and Talulla Rising.) … Continue reading

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Secret Son

Youssef El Mekki, the main character in this novel by Laila Lalami, lives in the slums of Casablanca with his mother. His father, a fourth-grade teacher, died when Youssef was only two, so his memories of him are few and … Continue reading

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Purple Hibiscus

Happy Canada Day to those who celebrate it! I have just returned from a family vacation in California. In the past, when my children were smaller, I’ve packed several books for this yearly ten-day vacation and gotten nothing read at … Continue reading

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The Beckoning Lady

This 1955 mystery by Margery Allingham finds Albert Campion and his wife Amanda back at Pontisbright, the setting of Sweet Danger. Uncle William Faraday, who previously appeared in Police at the Funeral and Dancers in Mourning has just died, apparently … Continue reading

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Cop Town

When I saw Karin Slaughter’s new book Cop Town was available on Netgalley, I decided to request it, because Slaughter is a crime writer I’ve been curious about. Then I remembered that I had tried Slaughter’s fiction, in the form … Continue reading

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