Search Results: "Craig Nova"


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NOVA by James Boice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"The narrative is powerful and the characters compelling, when the writing doesn't undermine the novelist's considerable promise."
A sardonic novel that seethes with rage, yet lacks the stylistic command to fulfill its ambition. Read full book review >

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THE INFORMER by Craig Nova
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 2, 2010

"The author's formidable literary gifts are only occasionally on view in an overly ambitious psychological thriller that provides little persuasive psychology and few thrills."
Chaotic historical mystery from Nova (Cruisers, 2004, etc.), who continues his move toward more heavily plotted work. Read full book review >

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TORNADO ALLEY by Craig Nova
Released: May 15, 1989

A disappointing follow-up to The Congressman's Daughter (1986): the patchy, convoluted story of two small-town products of unhappy families who ultimately become lovers—and destroy each other. Read full book review >

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ALL THE DEAD YALE MEN by Craig Nova
Released: June 11, 2013

"Nova is a gifted writer of quotidian violence: car wrecks, suicides, animal poisonings, murder. The macabre steadies his prose. Connoisseurs of this sort of not-quite hard-boiled fiction will find much to admire here."
A complex melodrama, set in Boston, about a third-generation attorney who must come to terms with the tawdry legacy of a manipulative father manipulated by his own father and a willful daughter who falls for the wrong guy. Read full book review >

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THE CONSTANT HEART by Craig Nova
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Wildly uneven, by turns cringe-worthy and hilarious, this is an uneventful trip to a worthy destination."
From Nova (The Informer, 2010, etc.), another illustration, painted in noirish tints, that love is all we need. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"For the most part, an engagingly honest and keenly observed essay, flawed by its dribbling-away ending."
Acclaimed novelist Nova (The Universal Donor, 1997, etc.) turns his writerly eye to his other great passion, fly-fishing. Read full book review >

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CRUISERS by Craig Nova
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 13, 2004

"Like a depressing tale of crime and woe from the evening news but shorn of tabloid extravagance—and with an uncommonly human sensibility."
Cop with relationship problems meets a psychopath computer repairman; differences of opinion ensue. Read full book review >

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WETWARE by Craig Nova
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 4, 2001

"Odd and oddly moving, with a strange mix of platonic shadow and human detail giving it a lingering power."
A seductive and intelligent novel about love and freedom set in a dreamlike near future. Read full book review >

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THE UNIVERSAL DONOR by Craig Nova
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 10, 1997

"But, even so, the author's spare lyricism and philosophical manner are absorbing, original, and moving."
Another fine novel by the author of, most recently, The Book of Dreams (1994). Dr. Terry McKechnie is working the emergency room during the 1992 riots in Los Angeles, treating victims of substance abuse and gunshot wounds, when Virginia Lee, the woman he's having an affair with, checks in. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF DREAMS by Craig Nova
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 1994

"Enjoy the digressions in Nova's eighth novel (after Trombone, 1992), but don't expect a satisfying narrative payoff or a coherent vision of contemporary Tinseltown."
Nova's Hollywood novel is an ambitious murder/blackmail melodrama full of echoes (Fitzgerald, West, Chandler, even Citizen Kane), but the ambitions get in the way of the melodrama. Read full book review >

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TROMBONE by Craig Nova
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1992

"Nova's eye for human detail and gritty texture is nearly unerring—even while elements of story and character occasionally veer too close to hackneyed genre formulations."
An adolescent's philandering father is training him to be an arnist—until a woman steps between them. Read full book review >

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NOVA SCOTIA by Alexa Thompson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 9, 1995

"This is an inviting, broad introduction to the land of the Bluenosers (so-called for the Bay of Fundy fishermen's wintertime noses), Evangeline, and Glooscap, who according to Micmac legend created this region. (maps, statistics, chronology, charts, glossary, index, glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The breezy approach of this title in the Hello Canada series as well as its autograph-album size makes getting acquainted with the neighbors to the north painless. ``Hi! Read full book review >