Search Results: "Belva Plain"


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SECRECY by Belva Plain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1997

"Plain Plain (Promises, 1986, etc.), but nonetheless name- anointed for success. (Literary Guild main selection; author tour)"
Plain returns, this time with the story of a young rape victim struggling to overcome obstacles to intimacy and true love. Read full book review >

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DAYBREAK by Belva Plain
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1994

"A reliable circulator. (Literary Guild dual selection for Spring)"
Plain, still playing her Evergreen (1978) game, and with a vast readership, again turns to the headlines. Read full book review >

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THE SIGHT OF THE STARS by Belva Plain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2004

"Another comfy read from megaselling Auntie Belva (Her Father's House, 2002, etc., etc.)."
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LEGACY OF SILENCE by Belva Plain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 1998

"Plain follows the long road to the sisters' reconciliation through several generations demonstrating, along the way, her talent for effortlessly moving a plot along, and illuminating the often complex bonds of love, resentment, and need that shape and define families."
Perennial bestseller Plain's (Homecoming, 1997, etc.) newest, received too late for a full review, follows the love-hate relationship of two sisters, from the early days of WW II down to the present. Read full book review >

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THE CAROUSEL by Belva Plain
Released: April 25, 1995

"A loud, fast, and calamity-marked recreation, bound for the winner's circle in the pop stakes."
Plain fans, wearied by too much moist suffering in her recent novels (Daybreak,, etc.), will be back on board for this jam-packed jamboree of familial potshots and haymakers. Read full book review >

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LOOKING BACK by Belva Plain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2001

"Big sales, as ever."
As in Fortune's Hand (1999), Plain taps out her trademark declarative sentence rhythms to march her characters toward a climax as unforeseen but unavoidable as death. Read full book review >

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FORTUNE'S HAND by Belva Plain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 1999

"Every step, from auto accident onward, shows —fortune's hand— at work, though the surprising conclusion would seem to underline the notion that character is fate—and Plain as day."
Once again, Plain (Legacy of Silence, 1998, etc.) tells a plain story in a style rinsed of ornament and dredged of anything sticking up to break the narrative flow. Read full book review >

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HER FATHER’S HOUSE by Belva Plain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 6, 2002

"Plain reading: no troubling shadings to complicate or disturb."
A divorced father, fearing the influence of his ruthlessly social-climbing ex, kidnaps his baby daughter and heads to the hills—until his past and the police catch up. Read full book review >

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HOMECOMING by Belva Plain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"A small, warming holiday gift for Plain fans. (Literary Guild main selection; author tour)"
There's a certain amount of post-trauma misery and marital conflict here (featured in Plain's Secrecy, p. 748, and Promises, 1996), but that's just one element in this cockle-warming yarn about the efforts of an elderly widow to round up—and shape up— her fragmented, warring family. Read full book review >

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PROMISES by Belva Plain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1996

"Not her best. (Literary Guild main selection; author tour)"
What could be more venerable, time-encrusted, and useful to a popular novelist like Plain (The Carousel, 1995, etc.) than a drama about a destructive diddling with the Seventh Commandment? Read full book review >

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WHISPERS by Belva Plain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 1993

"A shoo-in, of course. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for Spring)"
The plight of the battered wife is the subject of Plain's latest (Treasures, 1992; Harvest, 1990, etc.)—in which an Iowa- bred suburban Connecticut housewife and mother suffers the sporadic rages of a successful career husband. ``To live with Robert was to dwell in sunlight for months and months; then suddenly a flashing storm would turn everything into darkness....'' Although Robert at first blamed Lynn for the drowning death of their toddler, he had been cautioned in his judgment by wiser heads, and now, in 1988, Robert and Lynn live—to the public at least—in harmony in a comfortable house filled with tasteful things: ``Either the best or nothing'' is Robert's dictum. Read full book review >

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TREASURES by Belva Plain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1992

"Plain's readership is foreordained. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for April)"
Low blows from the high-finance, Wall Street greed-group (and groupies) nearly extinguish the togetherness of three Ohio siblings and families in this hortatory tale, a Plain Bonfire (here, more of a Bic-flick) of contemporary vanities. Read full book review >