LitStack Review: The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge

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The Night Ocean Paul La Farge Penguin Press Release Date:  March 7, 2017 ISBN 978-1-1019-8108-5 I cracked open the cover of Paul La Farge’s novel The Night Ocean in trepidation, because Lovecraftian dark fantasy is not something I actively seek out. I will read a work if it’s considered “Lovecraftian” as long as I have [….]

LitStack Review: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

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The Wonder Emma Donoghue Little, Brown and Company Release Date:  September 20, 2016 ISBN 978-0-316-39387-4 It’s 1859, and English nurse Lib Wright has been hired to travel to the Irish Midlands to observe a pending miracle – a young girl who for four months has supposedly subsisted only on “manna from heaven.” Lib is skeptical, [….]

LitStack Review: The Stargazer’s Sister by Carrie Brown

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The Stargazer’s Sister Carrie Brown Anchor Books Release Date:  January 19, 2016 (trade paperback release:  December 13, 2016) ISBN 978-0-8041-7213-4 The Stargazer’s Sister is a beautifully written historical novel about Caroline Herschel, the German astronomer who lived from 1750 to 1848, sister of acclaimed astronomer William Herschel. She was the first woman to be paid [….]

LitStack Review: Arcadia by Iain Pears

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Arcadia Iain Pears Alfred A. Knopf Release Date:  February 9, 2016 ISBN 978-1-101-94682-4 Recently, I attempted to explain the plot of Iain Pears’ novel, Arcadia, to a friend who is both an author and a literary scholar, well versed in folk stories and fairy tales.  I told him that it had time travel, kind of, [….]

LitStack Review: The Tutor by Andrea Chapin

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The Tutor Andrea Chapin Riverhead Books Release Date:  February 5, 2015 ISBN 978-1-59463-254-9 Author Andrea Chapin is a brave woman.  She’s taken the “lost years” of William Shakespeare, and made him a character in her novel set in Lancashire England in 1590 (two years before we start to see the rise of historical documentation about [….]

LitStack Rec: Wolf Hall & In Ashes Lie

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Wolf Hall Hilary Mantel Mantel’s novel, which appeared in 2012 and has gone on to be a global best seller, has won numerous awards  including the Man Booker Prize and The National Book Critic’s Circle Award. Wolf Hall is first in a trilogy on Thomas Cromwell and his rapid rise to power during the Tudor [….]

LitStack Review: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

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The Paying Guests Sarah Waters Riverhead Books Release Date:  September 16, 2014 ISBN 978-1-59463-311-9 Sarah Waters is known for her historical depictions of Victorian and war time life and women who lived surrogate lives within their confines.  Yet her works have been said to defy easy labels such as “costume dramas” or “lesbian literature”.  Author [….]

LitStack Review: With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden

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With Every Breath Elizabeth Camden Bethany House ISBN-10: 0764211749 Release Date: August 5, 2014 I have learned…that spiritual courage is of a higher type than physical courage; and that it takes a higher type of courage to fight a losing rather than a winning fight.” These words, written by Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau, encapsulate the [….]

LitStack Review: The Pink Suit by Nicole Mary Kelby

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The Pink Suit Nicole Mary Kelby Little, Brown and Company Publication Date:  April 29, 2014 ISBN 978-0-316-23565-5 Few garments have come to define a moment in history as the pink Chanel suit that Jackie Kennedy wore on that fateful November day in 1963.  That bright suit and its accompanying pillbox hat immediately conjures up tragedy [….]

LitStack Review: ‘The Invention of Wings’ by Sue Monk Kidd

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The Invention of Wings Sue Monk Kidd Viking First Edition:  January 7, 2014 ISBN 978-0-670-02478-0 Sarah Grimké, who is the main character in The Invention of Wings, was a very real person.   Born in 1792, she was the second eldest daughter (from a family of 14!) of a wealthy plantation owner in South Carolina.  She [….]