Search Results: "Alison Anderson"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FROZEN DEAD by Bernard Minier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"A high-altitude thriller, this novel is a great summer read for more than the usual reasons."
When the corpse of a decapitated horse is found strung from the support tower of a hydroelectric plant high up in the French Pyrenees, suspicion naturally turns to a nearby high-security institution that houses the worst of the worst serial killers. Read full book review >

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PÉTRONILLE by Amélie Nothomb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"It's puzzling what Nothomb's purpose was with this novel, but it feels like such a hasty job that one isn't tempted to spend much time figuring it out."
In the tradition of novels about intense, artistic female friendships, Nothomb's light-hearted latest features flamboyant characters and copious drinking of champagne. Read full book review >

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A NOVEL BOOKSTORE by Laurence Cossé
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"A literary idyll preselected for bookworms and bibliophiles."
When French author Cossé (A Corner of the Veil, 1999, etc.) pairs unlikely business partners in the opening of a unique Parisian bookstore, The Good Novel, that will sell only the best fiction, their venture succeeds and draws vehement criticism—and worse. Read full book review >

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DON'T TURN OUT THE LIGHTS by Bernard Minier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Minier (The Circle, 2015, etc.) builds suspense with tantalizing teaspoons of menace and a narrative crafted with believable immediacy. Both protagonists confront their nemeses with a determination that should hook readers and keep them hooked."
In a frigid forest on the border between Poland and Belarus, fever dreams assail Martin Servaz as he struggles to get to safety. Read full book review >

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MY BERLIN CHILD by Anne Wiazemsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2011

"The picture of life in France and Germany at the end of WWII is fascinating and vivid, but despite excerpts from letters and diaries, the characters of Wiazemsky's parents remain slightly elusive."
The first novel to be published in English by French actress and novelist Wiazemsky is a brief, barely fictionalized memoir about her mother Claire, the daughter of Nobel Prize-winning author François Mauriac. Read full book review >

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THE CASE OF LISANDRA P. by Hélène Grémillon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Full of truly unexpected twists and poignant turns, Grémillon's subtly political drama reverberates long after the killer is unmasked."
When a psychoanalyst's wife is murdered, one of his patients is so determined to prove his innocence that she becomes entwined in the case herself in this Argentina-set psychological thriller. Read full book review >

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THE 6:41 TO PARIS by Jean-Philippe Blondel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A fast, yet deep journey through the characters' experiences of anger, triumph, remorse, and forgiveness, Blondel's novel—his first to be published in the U.S.—reminds us that even long-ago heartbreaks have the power to ignite our most powerful emotions."
In French novelist Blondel's stream-of-consciousness memory trip, ex-lovers engage in a mental quick-fire duel. Read full book review >

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HIDDEN LATITUDES by Alison Anderson
Released: July 1, 1996

"Beautifully written and controlled but ultimately pointless: a splendid exercise with no central theme."
Yet another novel—also a debut—about the secret life of Amelia Earhart after the crash (see Jane Mendelsohn's I Was Amelia Earhart, p. 252). Read full book review >

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DARWIN’S WINK by Alison Anderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"More Mauritius and less Bosnia might have rescued Anderson's story from the doldrums."
Second-novelist Anderson (Hidden Latitudes, 1996) offers a languid tale about two naturalists on a tropical island guarding their restoration project from unknown saboteurs. Read full book review >

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THE SUMMER GUEST by Alison Anderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2016

"An exceptional novel about the transcendent possibilities of literature, friendship, and contemplation."
A newly uncovered 19th-century diary describes a brief but vivid friendship between the writer and a young Anton Chekhov. Read full book review >

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AN ACCIDENT IN AUGUST by Laurence Cossé
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"Cossé's 2003 novel has been admirably translated, and the psychological issues she raises are telling and true."
The "accident" in the title refers to the Paris crash that killed Princess Diana, but Cossé takes the unusual step of imagining the life of a woman who was putatively involved. Read full book review >

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LOVE, THE PAINTER’S WIFE & THE QUEEN OF SHEBA by Aliette Armel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2004

"First fiction from French historian Armel (and biographer of Marguerite Duras): a skillful, knowledgeable, and moving double-historical."
A subtle and quietly compelling double look back: at the life of Piero della Francesco (d. 1492), then, from there, at the life of the Queen of Sheba in the tenth-century b.c. Read full book review >