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The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Posted by Sherry on 3/2/2017 in Adult Fiction, General, Literary fiction, Movies |

I read and reviewed this slim novel back in 2012, and since it’s supposed to be coming out as a movie in March, I thought I’d repost, FYI. I’m wondering how well the movie will be able to capture the “unreliable narrator” point of view. *********** I do believe SFP at pages turned nailed this […]

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The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Posted by Sherry on 2/8/2017 in Adult Fiction, Australia, Historical fiction, Literary fiction |

Movies and books don’t usually make me cry. Even as I’ve become more emotional and easily moved in my old age, I still rarely cry in response to a fictional narrative. After all, it’s fiction, didn’t really happen. Well, trigger warning, The Light Between Oceans made me bawl. In my bed at 1:00 in the […]

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The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

Posted by Sherry on 6/9/2016 in 1974, Adult Fiction, Literary fiction |

I tried to become absorbed in this rather self-centered and pretentious novel because the cast of characters who inhabit the novel are my age mates. The six friends who make up the group who call themselves “the Interestings” are teenagers in the mid-seventies, college students in the late seventies and early eighties, get married (or […]

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The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett

The Ringed Castle, Book Five in the Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett. Checkmate, Book Six in the Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett. I can’t believe I read the whole thing, but I’m glad I did. I began reading this six volume series back in December 2013 with Game of Kings, the first book in the […]

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Booker Prize Longlist

Posted by Sherry on 7/30/2015 in Adult Fiction, Literary fiction |

The Booker Prize, awarded in England, used to be limited to authors of the British persuasion, including authors from Commonwealth countries all over the world. Now, it’s open to U.S. authors, too, and five of the twelve authors on the prize’s longlist this year are American. Here’s the list: Did You Ever Have a Family […]

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Damerosehay novels by Elizabeth Goudge

Posted by Sherry on 7/19/2015 in Adult Fiction, England, General, Literary fiction |

The Bird in the Tree by Elizabeth Goudge. Pilgrim’s Inn by Elizabeth Goudge. The Heart of the Family by Elizabeth Goudge. I read these three related novels in the wrong order. I read Pilgrim’s Inn and reviewed it before I read The Bird in the Tree, the book that begins the saga of the Eliot […]

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The Dean’s Watch by Elizabeth Goudge

The Dean’s Watch may very well be the best book I read this year. I can’t imagine any modern book outshining this lovely tale of the friendship between a cathedral dean and an atheist watchmaker. Isaac Peabody, horologist and master craftsman, had any belief in God taken away from him early in life by his […]

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Echoes of Eden by Jerram Barrs

Posted by Sherry on 2/19/2015 in Adult Fiction, General, Literary fiction, Poets and poetry |

All things were created by God, through Him and for His glory. We have no ideas of own. We are not original creators, ex nihilo, but rather as C.S. Lewis put it, “sub-creators”, dependent on the work of others and even more on the work of God in His creation. All of our ideas and […]

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Careless People by Sarah Churchwell

Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of the Great Gatsby by Sarah Churchwell. Essentially, this book focuses on the autumn of 1922 when F. Scott Fitzgerald was beginning to think about writing The Great Gatsby and when all of the reading public was fixated on the salacious details of the Hall-Mills murder case in […]

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Briefly Noted, Fiction

Posted by Sherry on 1/26/2015 in Adult Fiction, General, Literary fiction, Mysteries, Pulitzer Project |

First Impressions by Charlie Lovett. The main character’s attitude toward casual sex (“bliss because she didn’t care what it meant”) was sad and made the entire book feel tawdry and cheap, in contrast to Jane Austen’s more elevated, intellectual, and thoughtful prose and her insightful approach to even flawed characters. Also some dropped plot points […]

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