Category Archives: Fiction

Let the Circle Be Unbroken

Years ago, in 2009, I read Mildred Taylor’s Newbery Award-winning novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, mostly because I’d never read it in elementary or middle school and wanted to see what everyone else had read. It wasn’t for … Continue reading

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Revolutionary Road

Revolutionary Road is Richard Yates’s debut novel from 1961. It is about Frank and April Wheeler, a couple of Connecticut suburbanites living on Revolutionary Hill Estates, and their mostly half-hearted and nervous attempts to break free from the banal rut … Continue reading

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Bury Your Dead

Bury Your Dead is the sixth of Louise Penny’s Armand Gamache novels (and the third I’ve read this year.) It follows closely on The Brutal Telling, revisiting events from that book and following through on the heavy foreshadowing Penny did … Continue reading

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This Must Be the Place

Daniel Sullivan lives in a secluded corner of Ireland with his wife and their children. As this novel by Maggie O’Farrell opens, he makes these observations about the woman he married: —She’s crazy, as I might have mentioned. —She’s a … Continue reading

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Still Life

So. This is going to be a difficult review to write. So many people I know are fond of Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Gamache series. Jenny even put this first book from the series on my list of books to … Continue reading

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Y: The Last Man

On July 17, 2002, a plague sweeps the world. All mammals with a Y chromosome — including embryos and sperm — die nearly simultaneously, along with many women in accidents such as plane crashes. Society and infrastructure collapses into chaos, … Continue reading

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The Murder of Mary Russell

I’m a long-time fan of Laurie King’s Holmes/Russell series, so the title of this, the fourteenth, is calculated to make me shiver. (I did wonder, though — “of” is such a two-edged preposition.) King has done a lot of different … Continue reading

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The Red Car

I enjoyed Marcy Dermansky’s novel Bad Marie, with its deliciously bad main character. So I was excited to read her new book, which also promised a rebellious lady lead. But Leah is more aimless than outright bad, and although a lot of … Continue reading

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A Spool of Blue Thread

It’s Anne Tyler’s thing to write about families. I’m fairly sure if she set out to write about something else — water rights, for instance, in the Southwest — she’d wind up writing about the ranchers’ parents and grandparents and … Continue reading

Posted in Contemporary, Fiction | 7 Comments


I read Emma for the first time about 20 years ago. I liked it very much, but it didn’t become a favorite. In fact, it took me 20 years to get around to it again, and I only returned to it … Continue reading

Posted in Classics, Fiction | 26 Comments