Author Archives: Jenny

The Prime Minister

Teresa and I have been slowly making our way through Anthony Trollope’s Palliser novels, and The Prime Minister is the fifth. This book splits itself into two threads, which brush each other but don’t influence each other heavily. One is … Continue reading

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A Tale for the Time Being

Let me tell you about this book. No. It is too much. Let me sum up. Ruth, an author living on a remote island off the coast of Washington*, finds an odd piece of jetsam: a Hello Kitty lunchbox that … Continue reading

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Binny in Secret

I am mournful to say that this is the first book by Hilary McKay that I haven’t adored. In fact, it’s the first book in yonks that I’ve had to adopt my friend Other Jenny’s practice and Read the End … Continue reading

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The Call of the Wild

My daughter had some summer reading to do for her English class next year. She had to choose a “classic,” so she picked The Call of the Wild, by Jack London. I had actually never read it, nor anything else … Continue reading

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Daniel Deronda

Daniel Deronda is the fifth of George Eliot’s novels that I’ve read, and the first that I found to be really slow reading. I don’t know whether it was my mood or the weather or the news cycle, but I … Continue reading

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The Education of Margot Sanchez

In this novel by Lilliam Rivera, Margot Sanchez, age 15, wants more than anything in the world to fit in at her posh prep school in New York. When she arrived there last year, her style was all wrong and … Continue reading

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The Carhullan Army

One of the things that I sometimes find regrettable about literary fiction is that it can be a little samey. I don’t know whether this is the result of writers’ workshops that go in cycles and turn out similar sorts … Continue reading

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The Lightning Thief

I mentioned a little while ago that I’m having a book club with my kids this summer, each one separately. The first book I read with my 9-year-old son (chosen from my list) was The Inquisitor’s Tale, by Adam Gidwitz, … Continue reading

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Someone At a Distance

I remember when Persephone reissued Dorothy Whipple’s Someone At a Distance in 2011. It felt like everyone was reading it; it was as much in the air in my own private blogosphere as the latest Scott Turow or Dan Brown … Continue reading

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The Year of the Runaways

Fiction about immigrants is commonplace today, so much so that there’s a whole course about it in my university’s English department. (I’d like to take it, in fact. It looks fascinating.) But like all literature, I suppose, this is not … Continue reading

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