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Tapestry of Fortunes – Book Review

Don’t we all want company in some form, are we not attracted to the idea of a body beside us in a thunderstorm, or another voice to help decide on dinner; to share astonishment at the latest political buffoonery or appreciation for the lush sets on Downtown Abbey? Are we not, at our most basic, […]

Still Life with Breadcrumbs – Book Review

The problem was that she’d thought that at a certain point she would be a finished product. ow she wasn’t sure what that might be, especially when she considered how sure she had been about it at various times in the past, and how wrong she’d been. – from Still Life with Breadcrumbs, page 223 […]

Cold Comfort Farm – Book Review

The life of the journalist is poor, nasty, brutish and short. So is his style. You, who are so adept at the lovely polishing of every grave and lucent phrase, will realize the magnitude of the task which confronted me when I found, after spending ten years as a journalist, learning to say exactly what […]

TransAtlantic – Book Review

What was a life anyway? An accumulation of small shelves of incident. Stacked at odd angles to each other. The long blades of an ice saw cutting sparks into a block of cold. Sharpening the blades, seating them, slotting them into handles. Leaning down to make the cut. A brief leap of ember in the […]

Summer in the South – Book Review

Who knew what baggage Charlie might have brought with him from New Orleans? What demons he might have battled? It was so difficult to ascertain a man’s true character glimpsed only through the eyes of others. – from Summer in the South – Ava Dabrowski finds herself reeling from a failed romance and the death […]

Is This Tomorrow – Book Review

She watched Jimmy sprint out of her house. He tore out across her lawn, crossed the street, and veered to the left toward his home, two houses down, a yellow ranch house with white shutters. When he got to the door, he turned and waved with both hands, grinning. Later, that’s what she told the […]

Burial Rites – Book Review

They said I must die. They said that I stole the breath from men, and now they must steal mine. – from Burial Rites – Natan Ketilsson and Petur Jonsson were murdered in Iceland in 1828. Within a short period of time, three people were tried and convicted of the murders – two women (Agnes […]

The Bat – Book Review

Darkness had fallen before they reached Sydney, but the TV mast stood like a massive lightbulb in the center of the town and showed them the way. Andrew drew in at Circular Quay, not far from the Opera House. A bat hirled in and out of the car headlights at great speed. Andrew lit a […]

Iron House – Book Review

Abigail stood at the window of the narrow room, dark sky outside, snow still loose on the wind. Frost rimed the glass and everything was damp and cold: the furniture, her clothing, her skin. She saw movement on the drive, a boy, and could no longer bear the thought of children in this stark and […]

The Sentry – Book Review

Experienced investigators referred to the site where an abduction took place as ground zero. It was the intersection where the paths of the victim and perpetrator converged, and merged into one. It was an ambush zone of abrupt furious violence or quiet threat where two paths led in and only one path led out, but […]