Category Archives: Literary fiction

“Something To Hide” by Deborah Moggach – Book Review

This is a story set on four different continents featuring four different women who all have something to hide.  But then, some would argue, who doesn’t? Petra – a woman in her early sixties whose children are grown and living … Continue reading

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“Go Ask Fannie” by Elisabeth Hyde – Book Review

In this novel we become acquainted with the Blaire family. We come to know them first when Lillian and Murray Blaire are just starting out and have a young family of four children. Murray, a lawyer has political aspirations and … Continue reading

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“Margreete’s Harbor” by Eleanor Morse – Book Review

1955 – Margreete Hocking – an elderly woman who lives alone in a house beside the sea in the state of Maine. Margreete has been married three times, has had three children, and has lived a full and vibrant life, … Continue reading

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“The Woman On The Stairs” by Bernhard Schlink – Book Review

One upon a time there was a wealthy man named Peter Gundlach who had a beautiful wife named Irene. He commissioned artist Karl Schwind to paint her portrait. Irene took a liking to the artist and left her husband for … Continue reading

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“The Less Dead” by Denise Mina – Book Review

“The Less Dead” was shortlisted for the COSTA Prize 2020. Margot – an adoptee whose adoptive mother has recently died. She had a good upbringing and good education and now works as a doctor. She has recently left her boyfriend, … Continue reading

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“The Bass Rock” by Evie Wyld – Book Review

Ruth – Recently married to a widower with two boys. She has just moved into the large house in North Berwick, and is finding herself alone more often than not. Her two stepsons are sent off to boarding school and … Continue reading

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“How the Penguins Saved Veronica” by Hazel Prior – Book Review

Eighty-six year old Veronica McCreedy is wealthy, cantankerous, manipulative, stubborn, and very, very, lonely. She lost her parents during the Blitz, and her life since then has been filled with more loss and loneliness. She shies away from getting too … Continue reading

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“A Measured Thread” by Mary Behan – Book Review

Maggie O’Connor is a widow who lives in an 1850s era log cabin in rural Wisconsin. Before retirement, she was a scientist who worked at a university as a professor. Maggie’s neighbors are for the most part helpful and friendly. … Continue reading

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“What Could Be Saved” by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz – Book Review

“Some secrets were better when shared; others were weakened.” 2019 – Laura Preston is an unmarried, fiftyish, artist who has never recovered from the family tragedy which occurred when she was just seven years old. While her family was living … Continue reading

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“Soldier Boy” by Cassandra Parkin – Book Review

Frank and Jane, the parents of Liam, love each other very much. But Frank is breaking the law and, in Jane’s mind, he is putting their son in danger. So Jane takes Liam and moves away telling Frank to stay … Continue reading

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“The Timekeeper’s Son” by Sara Baker – Book Review

Josh Lovejoy is a teenager who is also an aspiring filmmaker. A ‘good’ boy, an only son, he lives in a small town in Georgia. One sweltering summer night, he uncharacteristically shares some marijuana after a filming session. High, he … Continue reading

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“The Salt Fields” by Stacy D. Flood – Book Review

“There’s salt all over Carolina, salt from tears and blood and the dead. It’s in every riverbed and blade of grass.” “The whole South ain’t nothing but a scar with some salt on it.” 1947 – Minister Peters has had … Continue reading

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“The Pull of the Stars” by Emma Donoghue – Book Review #ReadingIrelandMonth21

An intense and grim story about three days in a Dublin maternity ward during the Spanish flu outbreak of 1918. Influenza derives from the Latin word influentia, meaning “influence of the stars. The influenza pandemic of 1918 killed more people … Continue reading

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“Life Sentences” by Billy O’Callahan – Book Review #ReadingIrelandMonth21

1920 – The first story we read is that of Jer (Jerimiah). A man who, born in dire poverty in an Irish workhouse, has gone on to fight in the trenches of WWI and raise a family of six children … Continue reading

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“Big Girl, Small Town” by Michelle Gallen – Book Review #ReadingIrelandMonth21

Majella lives a routine-filled, rather bleak existence in a small town in Northern Ireland. She is twenty-seven years old and lives with her mother who is a depressed, and depressing alcoholic. Majella’s Mother is not a widow, but she doesn’t … Continue reading

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