HNR Issue 48 (May 2009)

Cutting for Stone

By Abraham Verghese - Published 2009

Genres:

LiterarySaga

Born in 1954 to an Indian Carmelite nun and a promising British surgeon in an Ethiopian hospital, Marion Stone narrates the story of his ...Read Review

A Mad Desire to Dance

By Elie Wiesel - Published 2009

Genres:

Literary

This elegiac novel follows Doriel, a man who fears he is either mad or possessed by a dybukk, and Dr. Therese Goldschmidt, the ...Read Review

An Incomplete Revenge

By Jacqueline Winspear - Published 2008Published 2009

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

As a Maisie Dobbs newcomer, for me this book was a revelation. It is fresh, unpretentious, and totally gripping. Unlike her other books—...Read Review

Tainted Tree

By Jacquelynn Luben - Published 2008

Genres:

Saga

This rambling book, which was sent to me for review as a historical novel, is set in 1991 and the ’60s. It contains no ...Read Review

Twelve

By Jasper Kent - Published 2008

Genres:

FantasyThriller

Set in 1812, this book tells the story of Napoleon’s assault on Moscow. Russian city after Russian city has fallen to the French, ...Read Review

What Would Jane Austen Do?

By Laurie Brown - Published 2009

Genres:

RomanceTime-slip

Eleanor Pottinger has traveled to England for a Jane Austen convention. Rather than giving her costume history lecture as she’d planned, she ...Read Review

Twelve

By Jasper Kent - Published 2008

Genres:

FantasyThriller

This book is described in the publicity as ‘genre breaking’ and the ‘first Napoleonic historical vampire novel’. I do not propose to discuss ...Read Review

Madewell Brown

By Rick Collignon - Published 2009

Genres:

Literary

When Obie Poole, a retired Negro League baseball player from the ’20s, met Rachael Poole, he knew this orphan girl had to be ...Read Review

The King of Ragtime

By Larry Karp - Published 2009

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

The King of Ragtime is Karp’s second mystery featuring Scott Joplin. Following The Ragtime Kid, set in 1899 in Sedalia, Missouri, after the ...Read Review

Burnt Shadows

By Kamila Shamsie - Published 2009

Genres:

LiterarySaga

  Nagasaki, 9 August 1945. Hiroko Tanaka, daughter of a traitor, stands on her balcony watching the man she is to marry walk into infinity ...Read Review

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