“The fact remains that Jonathan Franzen is a hell of a writer.
Books about goddesses are generally lyrical, lovely—and flat. Tabloid reflections of the mindless, wealthy, beautiful women who laze around the pool at expensive spas.
Given his past works like the intricate and, let us say, expansive novel American Gods and his groundbreaking comic book, The Sandman, that helped define the nature of the graphic
". . . rare but brilliant short story collection . . ."
“You need not be a bird lover or watcher to enjoy this book, but there’s a good chance you will love both birds and life more by its end.”
"You are what I cannot be on my own, as I am all that is missing in you."
There is a reason John Spurling (author of multiple novels and plays) won the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction (The Ten Thousand Things), and it will become clear in reading A
“Our private lives are like a colony of worlds expanding . . .
“an unexpected treasure.”
“. . . informative and entertaining, filled with grisly anecdotes and case histories, religious, social, and medical interpretations . . .”
“David Leeming peels layers from the myth and views his subject from a number of perspectives.”