Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BURIAL RITES by Hannah Kent


 


Iceland, 1878:  a woman convicted of murder is sent to live with a farm family while awaiting execution.  A pageturner, and it's a true story.

FROG MUSIC by Emma Donoghue

 

In 1876 San Francisco, the unlikely friendship of a burlesque dancer and a cross-dressing frog catcher anchors
this earthy, colorful, wildly entertaining historical fiction.

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.