This was only my second read by Patchett, after the excellent Commonwealth, and I was struck again by Patchett’s thoughtful development of characters and understanding of family dynamics. This is a story that covers decades in the lives of a single family in Pennsylvania,… Continue Reading “Review: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett”
In 2012, author Mary Vensel White sent me her book The Qualities of Wood, a small town mystery about a compelling main character and a complicated marriage. So I was happy when she sent me her latest book, Bellflower. It’s described as a “novel… Continue Reading “Review: Bellflower by Mary Vensel White”
I was happily surprised to find this second book by Celeste Ng every bit as good as her debut novel, Everything I Never Told You. There are two key similarities between these two books, although the books are quite different. The first is conceptual. … Continue Reading “Review of Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng”
This is the third book I’ve read by Strout, and I found it even more moving than the other two (both excellent). Strout’s latest is set in the same place and time as her previous book, My Name is Lucy Barton. And in fact,… Continue Reading “Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout”
If you’re a Jennifer Egan fan, you’ve already heard that this book is a bit different from her others, in that it’s traditional historical fiction. If you loved Goon Squad, this book isn’t anything like that one, but don’t let that keep you from… Continue Reading “Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan”
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