“This is Joella’s first novel, and it’s an assured performance, full of nicely observed detail. It may not have a Big Theme, but it has lots and lots of heart.”
Why is sexual abuse so rampant?
“romantic novels exist not just to sustain a fantasy, but also to help people learn how to love and celebrate it.”
“Sometimes the highway doesn’t take you all that far.”
Beneficence, Meredith Hall’s first novel, appears 13 years after her prize-winning memoir Without a Map.
Emma Donoghue is a magnificent writer, but Akin is not her best novel. Still, it’s a high bar.
Mason, Missouri, is a typical small town where everyone knows everyone—and their business, too.
“You will end up in love with Olive because she is a ton of well-written fun. You’ll enjoy her musings and put-downs and her reflections.
“Each novel Man Booker finalist Deborah Levy writes comes nearer perfection.
“Despite the seriousness of much of the content that the book hints at, this is a quick read for the last days of summer.”
“It does not take long for Marlena to realize that her loving husband is a man of many demands, and she wonders if tragedy happens in threes.”
“A pleasant page-turner with an important reminder about the value of social activism.”
“Matt's eyes were on me, but he was still looking right through me. ‘I think she's dead.’”
“This sweet novel is both romantic and heartwarming while also offering a bit of mystery and suspense.”
Meredith Hunt is accosted on the bike trail while jogging, and Ace Vance and his teenage son Finn come to her rescue.
“the story is one of love, trust, and risk—all three of which must be found in order to make life work in all its messiness.
In this sequel to The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Eddie, the amusement park mechanic appears to Annie as a guide in heaven.
The institution of marriage is not something one should enter into lightly. It's the combination of two different parties to create one unit.
“a slow and detailed portrait of human relationships. . . .
“Between the buildings Stripeys stumbled, sat, stretched out in exhaustion. Some of them were like ghost-women. Their bodies were the embers of a fire that was dying out.”
“Bealport is often uproariously and corrosively funny.”
"Readers should set aside daily tasks, turn off cell phones, forget about laundry and possibly even eating once they start this story."
“a rambling, innovative, cerebral, and wildly entertaining ‘trippy’ journey that drives home essential questions while providing none of the answers . . .”
“a lovely story . . . a tale for those who continue to look for magic in the world . . .”
Encircling, the brilliantly structured first novel of a trilogy by Norwegian author Carl Frode Tiller, seamlessly translated by Barbara J.