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Wandering Souls: A Novel by Cecile Pin - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250863461
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - March 21st, 2023

Cecili Pin writes with deeply affecting emotional clarity in Wandering Souls, a novel exploring the perilous journey of three Vietnamese siblings who flee persecution in their own country, only to face unexpected variations of the same in London, England. Pin's sensitivity to grief in all its forms is exceptional here, expanding my understanding of what it might be like to lose everything and have to start over in a foreign place with no promises of acceptance.
This is a beautiful and thoughtful achievement. I really loved it. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


Violeta : A Novel by Isabel Allende - Book Review

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By Isabel Allende, Frances Riddle (Translated by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593496206
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 25th, 2022

I was swept away by Violeta, Isabel Allende's most recent and beautiful novel.
The character of Violeta del Valle recalls a century of rapture, sorrow, fear and fleeting joy in this immensely gratifying epic set in California and Latin America. I have to remind myself that Violeta is a character, because under the spell of Allende's storytelling expertise, her life remains vividly palpable to me. More than a survivor of world events, military coups, family tragedies, and so many disappointing paramours, Violeta becomes a strong, independent, vibrant, and alluring woman well after her 60th birthday. I loved that about this book and so will you. A perfect read for full immersion into times gone by with a powerful female narrative. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


The Magic Kingdom: A novel by Russell Banks - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593535158
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Published: Knopf - November 8th, 2022

The Magic Kingdom: A Novel, by Russell Banks chronicles the awakening and reflections of Harley Mann - a life which unfurls deep in a Shaker community sheltered in Florida swamps long before the Disney empire occupies the same lands. Beginning with a mysterious set of reel-to-reel tapes, and ending with marked graves shadowing the park, the magic of this story lies in its clever precision and graceful telling. If you enjoy a brooding love story, find it here, running deep through the veins of this sagely and powerful narrative. Highly recommended. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


Demon Copperhead: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780063251922
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Published: Harper - October 18th, 2022

Of the many works I've admired by Barabara Kingsolver, Demon Copperhead may long remain the one that sings the loudest for me. I relished every page - this chorus of unforgettable Appalachian voices - creating an American portrait and literary triumph I want to urge everyone to read. This novel's got a beating heart that just won't let you go, and if leading characters could win an Oscar, Demon would nail the prize. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


The Last Karankawas: A Novel by Kimberly Garza - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250819857
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - August 9th, 2022

Galveston shimmers under the gifted writing of Kimberly Garza.
Highly recommended for the richness of her character portraits, their community, their hopes and dreams and longings. I enjoyed taking in the many numerous voices - necessary, I think, to create the tapestry the writer intended. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


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