Monthly Archives: March 2012

Penelope Lively, “How It All Began”

Charlotte got mugged. Broke a hip. Had her purse nicked, but that was incidental. It was ending up flat on her back, then on crutches, that got the whole ball rolling. Oh, isn’t it fun to go along for the … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Taylor, “Angel”

Why is it that we so enjoy reading about monstrous characters? In the early pages of Angel, I was thrilled/appalled by the behavior of fifteen-year-old Angelica Deverell — but definitely more thrilled. In fact I’d been anticipating reading Angel for … Continue reading

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Frances Osborne, “The Bolter”

I didn’t want to like Idina Sackville, the “bolter” of the title. How could I? On page 18 of the book is a heartbreaking photo of two little boys, Idina’s sons Gerard and David, whom she left in their father’s … Continue reading

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Julie Orringer, “The Invisible Bridge”

The Invisible Bridge is historical fiction at its best. Take an eventful moment; invent some appealing characters; figure out how to describe what happens to them and what you think of it. Then tell the story in a compelling way. … Continue reading

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Beth Gutcheon, “Gossip”

Oh, heaven — a Beth Gutcheon novel narrated by a woman who runs a Madison Avenue boutique. I really don’t think there’s a writer working today who is as good on women’s clothes as Gutcheon: not just what they look … Continue reading

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John Fowles, “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”

It’s a good thing the second-hand book store in my neighborhood didn’t open until I was truly hooked on electronic reading; I calculate that I’ve saved something like eight running yards of shelf space in the last 3 years by … Continue reading

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Suzanne Collins, “The Hunger Games”

Sometimes you just need to get on the bandwagon. A couple of years ago one of my nieces persuaded me to read Twilight, which I greatly enjoyed, so when she urged me to give The Hunger Games a try, I didn’t … Continue reading

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Excerpt: To Marry an English Lord

Those clever folk at Workman Publishing have made it possible for you to read an excerpt of To Marry an English Lord. Which they have reprinted with the gorgeous cover below. Her Majesty is my own enthusiastic addition.  

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Deborah Crombie, “No Mark Upon Her”

What is it with these pretentious mystery titles, anyway? Is there a formula I’m not privy to? Does the title have to somehow signal “murder mystery?” Why couldn’t this perfectly fine novel simply have been called “Death on the Thames?” … Continue reading

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