Margaret Donsbach

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Keen reader from United States

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Thurs., Oct. 30: Review of Falling Angels

Tracy Chevalier's 2001 novel Falling Angels could not be more different in tone than the last novel I reviewed, The Sharp Hook of Love by Sherry Jones. Falling Angels is written in spare, clean prose about early twentieth-century characters whose passions are rigidly controlled. Chevalier is a fine writer, and…

Tues., Oct. 28: Review of The Sharp Hook of Love

The story of Heloise and Abelard still has the power to shock: a thirty-year-old tutor seduces the young woman he has been hired to teach, right in the home of her guardian, who sends thugs to castrate him in revenge. Sherry Jone's new novel about these twelfth-century lovers, The Sharp…

Mon., Oct. 20: Review of The Whistling Season

If you've enjoyed stories about one-room schoolhouses, you will most likely find Ivan Doig's 2006 novel The Whistling Season an enthralling read. It's a coming-of-age story about a boy in 1909 Montana, with the insight, subtlety and humor to captivate adult readers. For more about this novel, see the review…

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