Tag Archives: Dodie Smith

Barbara Trapido, “Brother of the More Famous Jack”

What if I Capture the Castle were adapted and updated, set in the 1970s and ’80s? What if the narrator, Katherine Browne, were another bookish and naive heroine whose horizons were broadened by a confusing tribe that included several fascinating … Continue reading

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Dodie Smith, “I Capture the Castle”

I Capture the Castle is a Sacred Text for me, a book I read over and over again as a teenager and still revisit every few years. Each time, I am enchanted despite knowing the plot and characters intimately, and … Continue reading

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Eva Rice, “The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets”

Yesterday I walked past a rain-drenched lilac tree and stopped to smell it.  The sweet scent took me back (smells will do that) to the spring of my seventeenth year when I spent hours roaming around my hometown drowning in … Continue reading

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