Category Archives: Fiction

A Kind of Intimacy

Well, that was disturbing. And amazing. I loved it. Jenn Ashworth’s debut novel from 2009 is the story of Annie. As the book opens, narrator Annie is just moving into a new home, alone with her cat and eager for … Continue reading

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We Love You, Charlie Freeman

The Freeman family has an opportunity to be part of scientific history. Laurel Freeman learned sign language at a young age, but she hit a road block in her career as an interpreter because she refused to sign like a white person. … Continue reading

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End of Watch

This is the third in Stephen King’s trilogy about Bill Hodges, a retired police detective. The first two, Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers, were solid, fast-paced thrillers, nothing paranormal about them. Hodges and his two sidekicks, Holly Gibney and Jerome … Continue reading

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How to Train Your Dragon

I just returned from a short road trip to Portland, OR with my two children (aged, incredibly, 11 and 8.) The trip from where I live in Spokane is about 6 hours each direction, so naturally I got the requisite … Continue reading

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The Secret Place

I’ve been reading Tana French’s novels about the Dublin Murder Squad for a couple of years now, making my way through them with huge enjoyment. She writes so well, and her characters are always well-rounded, by which I mean that … Continue reading

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Silas Marner

After my terrible experience with The Book That Shall Not Be Named, I wanted a palate-cleanser. What (I said to myself) what better than George Eliot to soothe, to instruct, to delight? So I picked up Silas Marner, and lo, … Continue reading

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Mary Doria Russell’s novel about Doc Holliday is far from a rip-roarin’ shoot-em-up western. There are shootings, and drinking and gambling and many prostitutes, but the overall tone of the novel is contemplative. John Henry Holliday is a gambler and … Continue reading

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All the Birds, Singing

Jake, the main character in this novel by Evie Wyld, is a tough woman, living alone on her sheep farm on a small British island. To some, it might appear to be a lonely life, there with her dog named Dog, but … Continue reading

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The Arrival

This wordless graphic novel by Shaun Tan presents a familiar immigrant tale, but the presentation makes it unfamiliar. It begins with a man leaving his wife and daughter in a city where some sort of danger lurks. He crosses the ocean, … Continue reading

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Mr. Splitfoot

This novel by Samantha Hunt has a lot of the ingredients that make up a perfect novel for me. There are two young women, each of a different generation, trying to figure out how to tackle adulthood. There’s a loopy … Continue reading

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