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Let’s Kill Uncle

Before they’ve even arrived at the remote Canadian island where they are to spend their summer, Barnaby and Christie are making trouble. The two 10-year-olds met on the boat over and immediately started quarrelling and getting into trouble. But a … Continue reading

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The Song of Achilles

The Song of Achilles is Madeline Miller’s much-lauded retelling of the story of Achilles and Patroclus. I enjoyed Miller’s Circe last year, as well as Pat Barker’s The Silence of the Girls, which looks at the Trojan War from the perspective of Briseis. … Continue reading

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Love

When I read classic novels, I often find myself having to put myself in the mindset of a different time, reminding myself that attitudes commonly understood to be wrong today were less well understood then. In a lot of cases … Continue reading

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The Kindest Lie

This debut novel by Nancy Johnson is a thoughtful exploration of issues related to race and class in the early Obama years, but it’s also pretty frustrating and ultimately not especially rewarding.  The book’s main character, Ruth Tuttle, is a … Continue reading

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Or What You Will

Sylvia Harrison has written dozens of novels and multiple series, but now that she’s in her 70s, widowed, and diagnosed with cancer, it seems that her career, and her life, are winding down. This is a serious concern for the … Continue reading

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A Children’s Bible

The last book I read by Lydia Millet, Sweet Lamb of Heaven, was a sort-of thriller that never quite gave in to actually being a thriller (and was therefore not quite as good as it should have been). A Children’s Bible is … Continue reading

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December 2020 in Review

And so here were are at the end of another month in another year, a particularly strange month in a particularly strange year. I stayed in my own home for Christmas for the second year in a row. Last year, … Continue reading

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November in Review

I don’t know about you, but I feel like November 2020 was simultaneously the longest and shortest month of the year so far. It was short in that it can’t possibly be December already (much less late December now that … Continue reading

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Piranesi

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is one of my favorite books, and I’ve been longing for another novel from Clarke ever since I first read that masterpiece. (I haven’t read her  story collection, fearing that short stories won’t have the … Continue reading

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July Reading (a week into August)

Happily, I was able to do much more reading in July than I did in June! A lot of it was an exploratory sort of reading — will I enjoy this? What about this? — and some of it was … Continue reading

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