This second novel by the renowned French writer, Marguerite Duras, was written in 1943 when she was 29, and originally published by Gallimard in 1944 as La Vie tranquille.
“The book desperately wants to convey its message of human connectedness with all the species that share this planet. Gil walks 2,400 miles to appreciate and then deliver this message.
“How does one read the face of a house?”
“Signal Fires is perfectly crafted and developed . . .”
In echoing Dickens, Barbara Kingsolver has written a social justice novel all her own, one only she could write, for our time and for the ages.
The theme of The Mountain in the Sea can be summarized in a quote from one of its characters, Dr.
It’s interesting that the title of Ian McEwan’s wide-angle and engrossing family history is Lessons, because his protagonist, Roland Baines, is inclined to abandon his teachers.
“Wade’s pitch-perfect, personality-driven dialogue sings in the voice of life, and his ability to meld existential thought, situational metaphor, and cinematic setting is a full-bodied expe
“a gem of a book”
“A fascinating visit to a little-known pocket of U.S. immigrant history.”
Mr. Wilder and Me is, in part, a homage to the great film director and producer, Billy Wilder, and his screenwriter/friend, Iz Diamond.
The narrator of Yiyun Li’s newest book is Agnes, but she insists the story she tells isn’t really about her, but about her best friend Fabienne:
“We’re in the presence of an author both wholly assured and tentative, both nagged by the complexities of narrative and able to exploit them.”
“Cruz has created an unforgettable character in Cara. And readers will feel like they’ve made a new, fascinating friend.”
“very funny . . . if you’re ready to laugh at pandemic absurdities, this is the book for you.”
“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 . . .
“A powerful story of community, faith, and belief, and which ones truly matter versus ones that are false distractions.”
In the early- to mid-20th century, a state school named Willowbrook was located in Staten Island, New York.
“Early 20th century writing, especially translated from one language to another, can be challenging to read, but Nèmirovsky’s story and Smith’s translation make Master of Souls
Debbie Macomber has once again given readers a delightful story, relatable and likeable characters, and the perfect level of tension.
This novel is an insightful tale of an unnamed young woman venturing into the field of medicine.
“lyrical beauty of Manfredi’s prose . . . at its heart, The Empire of Dirt is a rich puzzle impossible to resist.”
“tightly crafted women’s fiction, with a sensitive look at love, conscience, and loyalty.”
“This is a very funny, easy to read novel that has an edge thanks to its main character’s charade.”