Books by Laura Kalpakian

THE MEMOIR CLUB by Laura Kalpakian
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"So much uplift can become trying."
The club of the title offers structure for Kalpakian (Educating Waverly, 2002, etc.) as she delves—and delves—into grief and loss. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2002

"Crafted by a pro who cares about her characters: another that won't disappoint readers who enjoy Kalpakian's tenacious, reliable, by-the-book approach."
In her latest taut, wind-swept romantic saga, veteran author Kalpakian (Steps and Exes, 1999, etc.) re-creates a small and ferociously idealistic community around a girls' school in Puget Sound. Read full book review >
STEPS AND EXES by Laura Kalpakian
Released: June 8, 1999

"Readers will welcome the boat that carries them all home from this visit to Dismal Fiction, the tiny island that art forgot."
From the author of Graceland (1992), etc.: an amateurish near-parody of a literary novel, featuring a collection of characters who seem to be 13-year-olds dressed in adult costumes, romping their immaturities through a needlessly complex storyline. Read full book review >
COSETTE by Laura Kalpakian
Released: July 14, 1995

"As the World Turns, without the humor. (First printing of 100,000; $l00,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Kalpakian (Graceland, 1992, etc.) attempts the impossible—and the impossible wins in this relentlessly plotted, heaving bosom of a sequel to Victor Hugo's literary classic and recent stage phenomenon, Les Miserables. Read full book review >
GRACELAND by Laura Kalpakian
Released: May 1, 1992

"As silly and superficial as the class analysis it advances, Kalpakian's sluggish narrative rocks as hard as the King on Quaaludes."
There's something forced about Kalpakian's adequately written sixth book (Dark Continent, 1989, etc.)—a melodramatic novel that celebrates Elvis Presley as a cultural and spiritual icon. Read full book review >