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The Ballroom by Anna Hope - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780812995152
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Published: Random House - September 6th, 2016

A “progressive” asylum in 1911 Yorkshire is the setting for this poignant love story. With just enough meaty history to raise this novel to another level, the reader is drawn into the upheaval brought about by the disappearance of the rural way of life and the social turbulence which marked this period in England just before WWI. The eugenics movement is in its infancy and is championed by some surprising well known figures. Delightfully reminiscent of Thomas Hardy in atmosphere and descriptive language. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

The Bookseller

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ISBN: 9780062333018
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - March 22nd, 2016

This debut novel is wise and delightfully surprising beyond what the reader may expect. Though the lines are blurred between two realities, the truth emerges and the solidity of self is forged. Gently triumphant while slyly inquisitive, a smart and very entertaining journey. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

The Summer Guest

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ISBN: 9780062423368
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Published: Harper - May 24th, 2016

This splendid story within a story within another story follows a gentle arc of personality and provides a strong sense of time and place. The ultimate message is revealed about why we tell and write stories. It also becomes apparent how important fiction is to human nature and what a critical role the art and soul of a great translator plays in the complex communication of thoughts and feelings. Chekhov would approve. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

The Lake House

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ISBN: 9781451649352
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Published: Washington Square Press - June 7th, 2016

Thankfully...another wonderfully absorbing novel to curl up with. No other author does the combination of atmosphere, character and mysterious story better. We are back in Cornwall with a deliciously complex group of relationships intricately crafted into a terrific tale. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

Atomic Weight of Love

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ISBN: 9781616204846
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Algonquin Books - May 3rd, 2016

A young woman is trapped between generations at the end of WWII. Her dreams of becoming a scientist are delayed by marriage to one of her professors who is called to work at Los Alamos. This poignant and refreshing debut covers nearly three generations of social change for women while telling a great story, ringing with emotional truth. As a bonus, the reader learns fascinating facts about birds. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

Gentleman in Moscow

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ISBN: 9780670026197
Availability: Backordered
Published: Viking - September 6th, 2016

With a light historical touch and a healthy dose of Tolstoyan philosophy, this novel grabs the reader and doesn’t let go. Returning to Moscow after The Revolution, mild mannered Count Rostov is placed under house arrest at the iconic Metropol Hotel. For the next 40 years he lives a well examined life interacting with marvelous characters and reflecting on the unique Russian personality while the tide of 20th century history ebbs and flows around him. Humorous, detailed and profound, this perfect and delightful story will steal your soul. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank


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