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This was a fun mystery from the author of Himself, one of my very favorite books of last year. Once again Kidd is at her best in creating memorably quirky characters, including the ghostly ones, the four legged ones, and here the extremely long, wiry cantankerous ones. This is for anyone who loved A Man Called Ove. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan
There is a sharp edge of language and story in this startling beautiful, stark novel of recent history in Canada--the reality of the 1960's & 70's life for Native Peoples. Here is seven year old Saul Indian Horse (Ojibway) and his succor which is hockey; the beauty of the ice and its "white glory" that proves to be his lifeline. This is a story of surviving the things that can save, tear down and restore your core being. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan
In a word, blistering. Truth-Telling is another. Heart rending or soul rending would be a verb for Tommy Orange who has the ability to shock and shatter and yet make the reader laugh with his dark humor too. There There is a haunting weave of stories, the reality of there being Nowhere. There There is the telling of the grit and the girth of the urban life of Native peoples. Alexie, Erdrich and Nerburn have company on my bookshelf now with the arrival of Tommy Orange. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan
This is a retelling of The Odyssey from a female perspective. Miller captures the quandary Circe finds herself in, being both divine and yet having human tendencies and desires. Tightly woven and rich in texture, the book has an ancient feel, but it is wholly its own entity. Spectacular. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan
This is one of the best examples of historical fiction I've ever read. The story is focused upon the early humanistic philosophy of Peter Abelard and Heloise. It is set against the centuries-long shadow cast by the Roman Catholic Church, the Crusades, and the growth of antisemitism and its contribution to the causes of World War II. This is a wonderfully written novel with characters I fell in love with. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan