Category Archives: Reviews

The Golden Age by Joan London

The Golden Age, by Australian novelist and bookseller Joan London, takes place in a hospital for children recovering from polio in Perth in the 1950’s. That may not sound like a particularly cheerful subject and, in many ways, it isn’t. The novel covers not only the ravages of polio, but also, because it centers around

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So Much for That Winter by Dorthe Nors

The two novellas in So Much for That Winter have certain things in common with each other and relatively little in common with anything else I’ve ever read. They are unique in form. “Minna Needs Rehearsal Space” is told in declarative sentences, one after another, one line at a time, never grouped as paragraphs. “Days” is a

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No One Knows by J.T. Ellison

J.T. Ellison’s newest novel, which has been compared to Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, and Liane Moriarty, releases today. While the book is a departure from Ellison’s other books (this one is a stand-alone and, rather than having a protagonist who is either in law enforcement or is closely connected to someone who is, this lead

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Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Published amid controversy and shaded by early, embargo-breaking reviews, Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman starts out on shaky ground, despite extraordinary pre-order numbers. Lee wrote it before To Kill a Mockingbird, but it takes place twenty years later and with many of the same characters. Jean Louise Finch has come back to her hometown of Maycomb, AL,

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The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl

Several of Matthew Pearl’s previous novels, such as The Dante Club and The Poe Shadow, have dealt with literary history. In his new book, The Last Bookaneer, Pearl explores the last days before copyright law, when intellectual property was readily pirated, especially in the case of British authors’ works being published in America without the

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