Category Archives: Literary or Genre Fiction

Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa, by Benjamin Constable (2013)

(nb: I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley) On Getting to Know Your Dead Best Friend Winston Churchill is credited with the phrase, “A riddle, wrapped up in a mystery, inside an enigma,” a phrase that perfectly … Continue reading

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The Girl, The Gold Tooth, And Everything: A Novel, by Francine LaSala (2012)

(nb: I received a review copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley) In the past 16 months, I’ve read 168 books, and I can count on one hand those that hooked me as quickly and thoroughly, relentlessly chained … Continue reading

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There are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes, by Robert Jacoby (2012)

(nb: I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley) (nb: I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley) Novels tell stories. If you think of, say, the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling relates Harry’s adventures as … Continue reading

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Ghost Trio, by Lillian Q. Irwin (2013)

(nb: I received a review copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley) When NYC-based pianist Lee Howe’s partner, mezzo-soprano Devorah Manikian, moves to California, the couple is separated by more than just physical distance. Lee feels personally and … Continue reading

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Double Feature, by Owen King (2013)

Owen King’s debut novel, “Double Feature,” is a sprawling, sometimes uneven novel that takes awhile to penetrate. Once you get into it, the story and characters move in a memorable dance between absurdism and apple pie America, blurring the lines … Continue reading

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The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway (1926)

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway My rating: 5 of 5 stars The most difficult thing about reading “The Sun Also Rises” is deciding how you’re going to read it. On one hand, it’s the story of a mismatched … Continue reading

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If You Find Me, by Emily Murdoch (2013)

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch My rating: 5 of 5 stars (nb: I received a review copy from the publisher) “If You Find Me” grabbed me from the beginning, and probably won’t completely let go for a few … Continue reading

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