Tuesday, August 19, 2014

RUSTICATION by Charles Palliser

England, 1863:  young Richard has been sent down - expelled - "rusticated" - from Cambridge.  But why?  He returns to the dank, moldy home shared by his less than welcoming mother and sister.  As a narrator, he is wildly unreliable.  As a novel, this is pure delight.

THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS by Claire Messud

 

Nora, her dreams all broken, lives an unobtrusive life until an irresistible family befriends and betrays her.  A story of rage told with wit and insight.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

TRANSATLANTIC by Colum McCann

 
 

Three historic crossings between Ireland and the United States, at different times, are connected by generations of fictional women whose lives were changed as a result.

BIO WARD: Ward, Jesmyn: MEN WE REAPED

 

The award-winning author of SALVAGE THE BONES describes the violent deaths of five young men in this searing
memoir about race and rural American poverty.

Friday, July 25, 2014

THE LAST SUMMER OF THE CAMPERDOWNS by Elizabeth Kelly



An affluent Cape Cod family, 1972.  Twelve-year-old Riddle encounters something mysterious and terrible;  she is too frightened to speak up.  Her silence has tragic results.  Clever, intense, absorbing.

ENON by Paul Harding

Harding's Pulitzer-winning debut, TINKERS, chronicled the interior life of George Crosby.  ENON is his grandson's story:  a devastating loss makes chaos of his life.  Literary fiction to be savored.

Friday, June 13, 2014

SONGS OF WILLOW FROST by Jamie Ford

William runs away from a Seattle orphanage in search of the movie star he believes is his mother.  Another touching story from Ford, author of the much-admired HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET.