Search Results: "Alice Mattison"


BOOK REVIEW

HILDA AND PEARL by Alice Mattison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 1995

"Restrained and poignant drama."
After an initial wrong turn, this rich novel careens down a road lined with complex personalities and some wonderful scenery. Read full book review >

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FIELD OF STARS by Alice Mattison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 1992

"Honest and sensitive—a pleasure to read."
A female coming-of-age-in-the-Sixties tale that's more complex, perceptive, and intriguing than most. Read full book review >

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MEN GIVING MONEY, WOMEN YELLING by Alice Mattison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Sebastian Squirrel''), both moving and entirely convincing."
Fifteen interlinked stories in a salty, tough-minded third collection from Mattison (Great Wits, 1988; The Flight of Andy Burns, 1993). Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A generous, empathetic writer's companion."
Encouragement to imagine, write, and revise. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK BORROWER by Alice Mattison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A rich, textured exploration of misfortune and its consequences: a book that will reward any reader willing to go slowly and absorb its course."
Mattison's third novel (after Hilda and Pearl, 1995, etc.) is actually a successful graft of two tales: one written by a 1920s feminist and radical, the other about the woman who reads that "first book" in the late 20th century. Read full book review >

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NOTHING IS QUITE FORGOTTEN IN BROOKLYN by Alice Mattison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2008

"Reconstructing Marlene's malfeasance makes for a pleasant puzzle, but the real pleasure here is time spent with the less flamboyant characters as they cope with more mundane upsets."
A woman confronts suspicious circumstances surrounding her mother's death 14 years earlier. Read full book review >

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THE FLIGHT OF ANDY BURNS by Alice Mattison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 1993

"Mattison goes deeper in her longer fiction."
Mattison (Field of Stars, 1992) offers a comfortable—if not particularly dynamic—first collection of slice-of-life stories, many previously published in The New Yorker or quarterlies. Read full book review >

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THE WEDDING OF THE TWO-HEADED WOMAN by Alice Mattison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 10, 2004

"Bracingly serious but without pretension, Mattison's voice is like that of no one else writing today: the demands she makes of her readers are difficult but exhilarating."
A rigorous novel about a woman whose profession speaks volumes about her own inner life. Read full book review >

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ALICE MCDERMOTT
by Megan Labrise

The unsung nuns of early-20th-century Brooklyn—the Little Sisters of the Sick, the Little Sisters of the Poor, and company—are the worthy subjects of Alice McDermott’s eighth novel, The Ninth Hour.  

“There’s something beautiful and humble about the language that those orders chose, juxtaposed with their ambition: ‘We’re not going to sit here and knit socks, we’re going to go ...


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BOOK REVIEW

GREEN ANGEL by Alice Hoffman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"Hoffman's other 'crossover' novels have been criticized as heavy-handed; here she shows a more delicate touch. (Fiction. 11-13)"
In oblique response to the events of 9/11, Hoffman (Indigo, 2002, etc.) crafts this otherworldly tale of an orphan giving and receiving help in the wake of a massive disaster. Read full book review >

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YEAR OF NO RAIN by Alice Mead
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2003

"The history, the land, and the determination of a band of refugees to care for each other are vividly evoked in this important work. (map, introduction) (Fiction. 8-12)"
The year 1999 in South Sudan was one of no rain and little mercy. Read full book review >