Author Archives: Jenny

Our Souls At Night

Addie Moore and Louis Waters have lived in the small town of Holt, Colorado for years. They’ve known of each other for decades, the superficial facts of each other’s lives, in the way of small towns, but have never been … Continue reading

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Death at La Fenice

Donna Leon began writing her series of Venetian police procedurals when I was in college (1992, if you’re counting) and has written one every single year since then. (Twenty-seven of them. Whew.) Death at La Fenice is the first of … Continue reading

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Permanent Rose

When Rose Casson was born, it seemed for a while that she might not stay in this world. Her older siblings were named for paint colors (Cadmium, Saffron, Indigo), and so Rose’s mother, Eve, wanted to find the right name … Continue reading

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The Glass Palace

Ever since I read the Ibis trilogy (well, the first two-thirds of it!), I’ve been wanting to read more by Amitav Ghosh. I finally picked up The Glass Palace at the library, but I felt a bit hesitant. This book … Continue reading

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Norse Mythology

If you count The Sagas of Icelanders, which you might or might not, this is the fourth work of Norse mythology I’ve reviewed on this blog! It practically deserves its own tag! I’m obviously drawn to this kind of literature … Continue reading

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A Trick of the Light

This is the seventh of Louise Penny’s Armand Gamache books, and it finds us back in the Québecois village of Three Pines, after the explosive events of the last two novels. Aftershocks from those events are still affecting the characters, … Continue reading

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Martin Chuzzlewit

The only thing I knew about Martin Chuzzlewit before going into it was that it was “the one where the main character goes to America.” Well, that’s true. But there is quite a bit more to this novel, which apparently … Continue reading

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Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming is only the second book I’ve read by Jacqueline Woodson. (The first, her spectacular picture book Show Way, is about seven generations of the women of an African-American family, from slavery through civil rights, and the instructions … Continue reading

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We don’t know much about Saint Hilda, or Hild, of Whitby. We know (from Bede) that she was born in 614, the second daughter of a prince of Elmet, who was poisoned when Hild was small. We know that she … Continue reading

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The Boat Rocker

I picked Ha Jin’s The Boat Rocker off the library shelf on a whim, something I rarely do these days. It turned out to be a short whirlwind of a book, exploring ideas of national identity, patriotism, free speech, fraud, … Continue reading

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