I couldn't wait for Elizabeth Strout's new release...I thought it
was going to be a novel, but it's not. It's a collection of stories
about characters I'm supposed to remember from Strout's last
novel, My Name is Lucy Barton that I read two years ago. I can
barely remember what I read last month let alone two years ago!
So it's a challenge...not quite a sequel to Lucy Barton, but lots of references.
fascinating although mostly bleak and heart wrenching. I can't say I
love this book, but the writing is brilliant...and an older, wiser Lucy Barton actually makes an appearance.
On a more serious note, check out the following review of another Spring release from www.bookreporter.com
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Anything Is Possible
Release Date: April 25
From #1 New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout comes a brilliant latticework of fiction reminiscent of Olive Kitteridge....more
Already released...Don't miss it!
So far my book choices have been disappointing. One of my favorite authors, Jami Attenberg (THE MIDDLESTEINS) released ALL GROWN UP, supposedly a "wickedly funny" novel focused on a thirty nine year old single woman..kind of confessional, casual and brash. It really feels like overlapping short stories...stylishly written but not a lot of depth. I'm halfway through and hoping it will improve...
Below find three new releases, one a Memoir, reviewed by my favorite book website, Bookreporter.com.
See what you think....
Bookreporter.com and just about every reviewer in the literary
world is promoting this novel by George Saunders, prize winning author.
Lincoln visits the crypt to spend time with his son's body.
I can't seem to find a really good book. I follow the reviews, read the recommended books and than....Blah!
Here's three disappointing books I recently finished:
The Private Life of Mrs Sharma by Kapur, The History of Wolves by Fridlund, and The Girl Before by Delaney. All were recipients of very positive reviews. the writing was exceptional (a saving grace) in two out of three..so what happened?
Publishers Weekly mentioned two new releases for February that sound like they have potential. I'm getting desperate....
Optimists Die First
The accidental death of Petula de Wilde’s younger sister, Maxine, has fractured her family, perhaps irrevocably. Her parents are retreating into their passions for books, music, and cats; Petula, who blames herself for Max’s death, has adopted the attitude that “tragedy can strike when you least expect it” and worries constantly about earthquakes, walking past construction sites, shaking hands, and catching rare diseasesPetula’s anxieties have landed her in youth art therapy (YART) at school, where she gets to know new student Jacob Cohen, a talented filmmaker with a bionic hand and his own tragic past. Grief and guilt permeate Nielsen’s (We Are All Made of Molecules) empathic and deeply moving story, balanced by sharply funny narration and dialogue. “It’s like a twisted version of The Breakfast Club,” says Jacob of YART, whose members struggle with bullying, substance abuse, and anger. Readers will be riveted by Petula’s rocky attempts to repair damaged relationships with her parents and a friend she drove away, connect with the members of YART, and open herself up to the idea of romance with Jacob.
I am writing to you about a debut novel that I loved to pieces, Daniel Lowe’s All That’s Left to Tell.
I first read this debut while recovering from an illness. I have often thought I wanted to write a book strong enough that someone convalescing could read it and disappear in it, but I had never had that experience myself until reading All That’s Left to Tell. I got an early copy in the mail, I opened it up, and then I was gone.
There are so many things to say about Daniel’s lovely book, but it feels strange to divide up the aspects of it, because it is such a beautiful whole. Ostensibly, it is about an American businessman named Marc, who is being held captive in a foreign land and the relationship he develops with Josephine, his interrogator. Every day, Josephine visits Marc and they tell each other stories. And it is through these stories that we see how grief, imagination, empathy, and ultimately the power of storytelling can redeem us.
All That’s Left to Tell made me think at times of another book I love, Philip Roth’s American Pastoral. But that said, I have never read anything like Daniel Lowe’s novel. It is such a brave book. The prose is splendid—Daniel Lowe’s authority on the page never wavers. Oh, I was with him every single word of the way.
I think you will feel the same way, and I hope you pick up a copy of this astonishing debut.
With best wishes,
If talk of politics makes you think back to a life away from cable news, Twitter and all the rest......
THE GIRL BEFORE by J.P. Delaney offers a great escape. Bookreporter.com had an interesting review...
By the way, JP Delaney is a pseudonym for a writer who has published best selling fiction under
other names...Guess who?!
Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. But none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe. Until One Folgate Street. The enigmatic architect who designed the house retains full control. The space is intended to transform its occupant --- and it does. After a personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start. When she finds One Folgate Street, she is instantly drawn to the space --- and to its aloof but seductive creator. Jane soon learns about the untimely death of the home’s previous tenant, a woman similar to her in age and appearance. As Jane tries to untangle truth from lies, she unwittingly follows the same patterns, makes the same choices, crosses paths with the same people, and experiences the same terror as the girl before.
IDAHO by Emily Ruskovich
A new novel by Elizabeth Strout titled "Anything is Possible" is at the top of my 2017 list...also Paula Hawkins of "Girl on the Train" fame debuts "Into the Water." (At the bottom of my list...)
Colin Toibin retells the Greek legend of Clytemnestra titled "House of Names" and short story master, George Saunders has a first novel titled "Lincoln in the Bardo."
Some notable non fiction in March includes Joan Didion and Ariel Levy...all eagerly anticipated.
Stay tuned for more book announcements....
THE WONDER by Emma Donoghue
The thriller "Room" made Donoghue famous but I loved this new gripping tale. It possesses many of the alluring qualities of "Room" but with lots of history and a riveting storyline.
I'm anticipating many more exciting releases for 2017 which I'll happily share with you. In the meantime I'm off to sunny climes with a kindle full of 'to be read' books!
Have a great holiday season!
Coming early January critics call this book "a lush and emotionally wrenching novel." It's described as an ambitious, character-driven novel that ends as it should. Well that's an intriguing description...downloading for sure!
The holiday season has arrived but I don’t think chaos has to come with it. Choosing a book for someone you hold near and dear based on his or her interests is one of the most thoughtful and rewarding gifts you can give.
Well written, this is a fearless morality tale mixed with humor, pathos and love....the perfect gift for an adventurous reader.
I knew absolutely nothing about this compelling, heart-breaking novel until I saw it on the Goodreads List of the Best Novels for 2016. If you love All Things India, move one step closer to your book seller's shelf.
Bookreporter.com is my "go to" site for the latest, greatest, and sometimes not so greatest. Their recent comments about John Grisham's new book are right on target. Yes, he's back again with another thriller...and reviewers seem to love it.
I'm also a loyal Alice Hoffman fan and can't wait to read her latest. She never disappoints ...even though she can border on weird...I'm always there to support her.
Thankyou Bookreporter.com for the following reviews...
THE WHISTLER by John Grisham (Mystery)
Audiobook available, read by Cassandra Campbell
What happens when a judge bends the law or takes a bribe? Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct, and a corruption case crosses her desk. A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business as Greg Myers; he claims to know of a judge who was secretly involved with the construction of a large casino on Native American land. Greg’s only client is a person who knows the truth and wants to blow the whistle and collect millions under Florida law. Lacy immediately suspects this case could be dangerous --- but it also could turn out to be deadly. Reviewed by Stuart Shiffman.
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Swing Time by Zadie Smith – 15 November
Two brown girls dream of being dancers - but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It’s a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either…
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