“Brilliantly conceived. . . . There are court intrigues, whispered rumors, a clever subplot about the power of painting, what it reveals as well as what it hides . . .
I’m Staying Here is a simple title surrounding a profoundly moving story about ordinary people trying to live their lives as farmers, as they have for centuries. It’s 1923.
In this historical fiction novel, the author meticulously researched the lives of Judith Leyster and Maria de Grebber, two unknown Dutch painters in the 17th century.
“Kudos to Kate Morton for spinning such a tale.”
In her follow up to The Half-Drowned King, Linnea Hartsuyker continues her novelization of Snorri Sturlison’s “The Saga of Harald Harfagr” in an immaculately researched story that stands u
“a most unique interpretation of an age-old and beloved fairy tale”
Thoreau’s observation that “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation” comes to mind while reading William Trevor’s short stories.
First and foremost this is a book about food, which makes it a natural for chef turned writer Donia Bijan.
What happens to people who go through extreme trauma? What happens to their future generations as they grapple with parents and grandparents with indelible stains on their psyche?
The Borgia name conjures up larger-than-life history, sumptuous banquets, sexual license, and infamy.
This novel is as finely tuned as the best banjo played by 19-year-old runaway slave Henry Sims.
Gorsky is an homage to The Great Gatsby, with an interesting premise, but author Vesna Goldsworthy lacks subtlety in crafting this tribute.
“This is only Mr Lynch’s second novel, but to read it is to relax into the reassuring embrace of a master storyteller.”
“Péter Nadás may infuriate readers accustomed to a Tolstoyan resolution of a series of interrelated stories and characters and times and settings.
“Umberto Eco is one of just a handful of writers that can be trusted to take me by the hand and lead me into a world that, on first glimpse, I don’t want to venture into.
“This review’s brief synopsis cannot possibly convey the novel’s wealth of detail and interconnected plot elements that demand attentive reading. . . .
“. . . the truth it presents is compelling, and the characters—both place and people—are worth knowing.”