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Sweet Caress

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ISBN: 9781632863324
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 15th, 2015

Epic, in the very best sense of the word, this novel is also profoundly personal. Boyd is a master at getting inside the head of his character and perceiving the flow of life and history through the eyes of a particular (in this case) woman. The reader is privileged and compelled to be consumed by this story and may find it nearly impossible to abandon until the end. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

Night Stages

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ISBN: 9780374222192
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 28th, 2015

Moody and nuanced as an Irish mist, this story follows the emotional lives of several characters whose lives intersect. The novel roams from a remote Irish village to an airport in Newfoundland and various times and places in between. Fascinating. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

Dirty Dust

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By Mairtin O. Cadhain, Alan Titley (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780300198492
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Yale University Press - March 24th, 2015

The lilt and the cadence of this one of a kind gem is Irish music for the mind. All of the characters are dead- yet they continue their bickering and bantering in the underworld as if existence was a circular phenomenon...past, present and future. A delightful and revealing look at humanity and the enchanting and exasperating nature of the Irish. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

High Divide

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ISBN: 9781616204754
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 12th, 2015

This novel is a painting of the 19th century American Midwest, with sights, sounds and smells effortlessly rendered. The characters are irresistible...the father who leaves home to right a wrong, the sons who take off after him and the mother left behind... but not for long. The sweeping history of the time is captured in the details of this family journey as each individual piece falls into place and destinies are fulfilled. A marvelous read. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

Nora Webster

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ISBN: 9781439170939
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Published: Scribner - June 2nd, 2015

This delicate character study in the form of a novel follows Nora for three years as she resumes normal life after the death of her husband. Like waves lapping at the shore, each incident breaks and swirls, with varying degrees of intensity, always gently pushing her forward while allowing her to remember and still grow. Set in Wexford, Ireland, this is a story rich with atmosphere and personality. It is an especially thoughtful read. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

Lisette's List

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ISBN: 9780812980196
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 23rd, 2015

True to form, Vreeland delights the reader with another novel about women and Art. This time the setting is a sleepy town in Provence during WWII. Lisette arrives in Paris with her young husband to care for his aged grandfather whose passionate love of painting and painters. He has acquired a small collection of work by Cezanne, Pissaro and even Picasso before they became famous. In addition to the colorful local characters we are treated to cameo appearances by Chagall and Samuel Beckett. This is a warm and emotional story full of color and appreciation for life. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank


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