Search Results: "Clare Boylan"


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THE COLLECTED STORIES by Clare Boylan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Her own introduction says it best: 'In my short stories, dreams are fragile gladiators in an arena of hoary old lions of reality.'"
Drawn from three previous volumes, these 38 stories written over two decades by Irish author Boylan (Beloved Stranger, 2001, etc.) include "Housekeeper's Cut," a town-mouse/country-mouse variation in which town-mouse Edward has an affair with country-mouse Susan. Read full book review >

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EMMA BROWN by Clare Boylan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2004

"Bold and engrossing—but not, in the final analysis, especially convincing."
A vigorously detailed homage to a great 19th-century writer yields mixed results, in Irish author Boylan's unusual eighth novel (following Beloved Strangers, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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11 EDWARD STREET by Clare Boylan
Released: June 1, 1992

"Tart telling of the way it probably was in Dublin's not-so- fair city, and a relentlessly realistic riposte to all those affirmative sagas of intergenerational sweetness and life."
A postmodern Victorian novel from Irish writer Boylan (Black Baby, Last Resorts) in which the squalid poverty and diminishing expectations of the numerous Devlin family of Dublin are related with almost gleeful black humor. Read full book review >

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BELOVED STRANGER by Clare Boylan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Lovely, deeply felt fiction, with a subterranean vein of wry humor that helps make bearable even its most pained moments."
Irish writer Boylan (11 Edward Street, 1992, etc.) draws on painful family memories of her own father's manic-depression for a Dublin-set story of love, aging, madness, and the price of marriage. Read full book review >

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BRUCE THE FIRE DOG SAVES CHRISTMAS by Buck Boylan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 6, 2017

"While kids should enjoy the vivid depictions, this holiday story becomes overshadowed by a messy attempt at celebrating diversity."
A lighthearted tale chronicles a North Pole disaster and the heroes who save Christmas. Read full book review >

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PUSHING MURDER by Eleanor Boylan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Awfully slight, but one could hardly ask for more genial company than Clara et al."
Henry Gamadge's widow Clara (Murder Machree, 1992, etc.) is earmarked for death, but why? Read full book review >

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MURDER MACHREE by Eleanor Boylan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 23, 1992

"Very slight but, like its predecessors, rendered with much charm and lively interaction between the generations."
While vacationing on Cape Cod with her married children, their families, and her dearest friend Sadd, widow Clara Gamadge (Murder Observed, Working Murder) is alarmed by the sudden reappearance of Armand Evers, a chum she hasn't seen in 40 years, and nonplussed by his tale of a possible murder—his own!—and his insistence that she investigate whether his sister Rachel is, in fact, really his sister. Read full book review >

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KILLOYLE by Roger Boylan
Released: May 15, 1997

"Despite the often strained humor, Boylan's debut succeeds as a work in which the telling is more important—and more beguiling- -than the tale."
All of the Irish clichÇs—drink, religion, and more than a touch of blarney—strut their stuff in this satirical first novel that, mindful of the great native literary tradition, tries to amuse as well as dazzle. Read full book review >

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MURDER CROSSED by Eleanor Boylan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1996

"Only Clara's appealing persona, and her ingratiating way with words, will hold the reader to the end of this nonsense; for many it may not be enough."
Another far-fetched adventure for Clara Gamadge, widowed grandmother and dogged amateur sleuth (Pushing Murder, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2000

"Should be considered and enjoyed by those in and out of the crime-fighting field."
A dramatic true-crime memoir by America's Most Wanted correspondent Boylan, who is renowned for "profiling" skills, which have resulted in uncanny sketches of notorious criminals (ranging from Polly Klaas's kidnapper to the Unabomber). Read full book review >

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LONG BLACK VEIL by Jennifer Finney Boylan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Smart ideas, great characters, shaky storytelling."
A return to fiction by the author of Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders (2013) and She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders (2003). Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC IN A YEAR by Frank Boylan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Readers would be better served by simply going outside to experience the seasons themselves. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young girl celebrates the months and seasons of the year. Read full book review >