Author Archives: Teresa

Silver Sparrow

When I finished Tayari Jones’s most recent novel, An American Marriage, I was so impressed that I immediately put her previous book, Silver Sparrow, on hold at the library. It, too, is a very good book about people caught up in an impossible … Continue reading

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The Puttermesser Papers

Ruth Puttermesser is a single, Jewish New Yorker in her 30s who, despite being a well-read intellectual, is stuck in a dull civil service job. In fact, her intellect got in her way, causing her to be demoted from a … Continue reading

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Secret House of Death

Ruth Rendell, y’all. She’s just so good. I’ve read almost all of the books she wrote as Barbara Vine and a lot of the standalone books she wrote under her own name, as well as a smattering of the Inspector … Continue reading

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This book by Nick Drnaso made history this year by being the first graphic novel to be longlisted for the Booker prize. I’m not going to get into whether it deserves the nod or whether graphic novels ought to be … Continue reading

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Kate Atkinson is one of my favorite living writers. I’ve read all her books, so any new book from her is a cause to celebrate. Especially exciting is the fact that Atkinson doesn’t just stick to one thing in her … Continue reading

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The Last Cruise

Christine Thorne is taking a rare vacation from her Maine farm to take a cruise from Los Angeles to Hawaii with her best friend, a journalist who’s using the trip to do research for a book about service workers. The … Continue reading

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Strange Weather

This is the fourth book that I’ve read by Joe Hill, and with this NOS4A2 and The Fireman, I feel comfortable saying that he is well on his way to becoming a favorite author. (The Heart-Shaped Box was also excellent but a … Continue reading

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More Than Love Letters

I do love an epistolary novel, and this one by Rosy Thornton is a lot of fun. The letters that open the novel are written by Margaret Hayton to her MP about such matters as taxes on feminine sanitary products, … Continue reading

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The Murderess

As Hadoula, the 60-year-old protagonist of this 1903 novel by Alexandros Papdiamantis (and translated from Greek by Peter Levi) takes care of her infant granddaughter, she considers her life as a woman and the lives of her daughters. How much … Continue reading

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The Tragedy of Brady Sims

This novella by Ernest Gaines begins with a verdict, followed by a crime. A young man is convicted of robbery and murder, and, just as he’s being escorted out of the courtroom, his father, Brady Sims, shoots and kills him. … Continue reading

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