Search Results: "Alison Anderson"


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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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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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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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THE LIFE OF ELVES by Muriel Barbery
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Although possibly too abstract for children and too fey for some adults, this fervent, idiosyncratic fable is undeniable evidence of a richly lyrical imagination."
The conjoined powers of two magical children bring about a new alliance to thwart evil and unite the natural world in this fantastical novel from a bestselling French writer. Read full book review >

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THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG by Muriel Barbery
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

"With its refined taste and political perspective, this is an elegant, light-spirited and very European adult fable."
The second novel (but first to be published in the United States) from France-based author Barbery teaches philosophical lessons by shrewdly exposing rich secret lives hidden beneath conventional exteriors. 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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THREE WOMEN IN A MIRROR by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2013

"Schmitt's three complex stories are beautifully translated and masterfully written."
Schmitt (Concerto to the Memory of an Angel, 2011, etc.) writes movingly about three women, divided by time and distance, whose lives connect when they attempt to break free of expectations imposed by society. 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 MAN WHO SNAPPED HIS FINGERS by Fariba Hachtroudi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Tightly plotted, this fierce literary thriller packs complex emotions in a small space, tackling difficult and essential questions about power and our responsibilities to one another."
A colonel fleeing the repressive Theological Republic confronts a former prisoner in an unnamed northern European nation. 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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A LOVER IN PALESTINE by Sélim Nassib
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Foregrounded by romance and a dream of unity, the novel is an elegy to lost possibilities."
A love affair—between Golda Meir and a Palestinian banker—set against a turning point in world history. Read full book review >