Search Results: "Deborah Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

THE VEGETARIAN by Han Kang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"An unusual and mesmerizing novel, gracefully written and deeply disturbing."
In her first novel to be published in English, South Korean writer Han divides a story about strange obsessions and metamorphosis into three parts, each with a distinct voice. Read full book review >

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THE STONE FLOWER GARDEN by Deborah Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2002

"Clichéd plot and stereotyped characters won't stand in the way, for those who like them, of the pleasures of a family romance in lush settings."
In her seventh, a southern gothic about family secrets (but no mystery), Smith (On Bear Mountain, 2001, etc.) keeps nothing secret for long—and makes some curious authorial choices in her longwinded revelations of who done it, why, and how all the families are intertwined. Read full book review >

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A PLACE TO CALL HOME by Deborah Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A cloyingly sweet love story whose willful heroine and grudge-bearing hero remain strangely unsympathetic."
A white-bread take on the stock elements of southern family saga—family secrets, eccentric relatives, the importance of place, and the girl who falls in love with a handsome boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Read full book review >

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WHEN VENUS FELL by Deborah Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 13, 1998

"A highly improbable storyline, along with an incessant harping on family loyalty, will quickly tire all but romance diehards."
A thick, goopy southern stew from veteran romancer Smith (A Place To Call Home, 1997, etc.), this time involving a touchy pianist, her dreamy sister, and a man fatefully intertwined with them both. Read full book review >

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ON BEAR MOUNTAIN by Deborah Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2001

"Smith (When Venus Fell, 1998, etc) has a real affection for folk artists and rural characters, but even so her story suffers by remaining—well, improbable."
A Brooklyn artist creates a scrap-metal sculpture of a giant bear for a small Georgia community—and, years later, his grieving son heads south to find his father's masterpiece. Read full book review >

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HUMAN ACTS by Han Kang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A fiercely written, deeply upsetting, and beautifully human novel."
The brutal murder of a 15-year-old boy during the 1980 Gwangju Uprising becomes the connective tissue between the isolated characters of this emotionally harrowing novel. Read full book review >

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THE ACCUSATION by Bandi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2017

"Of more journalistic and sociological than literary interest, without the inventiveness of recent writing south of the 38th parallel—but still an important document of witness."
Fugitive fiction—literally—from inside North Korea, devastatingly critical of the Kim dynasty and its workers' paradise. Read full book review >

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HAN KANG
by Megan Labrise

Han Kang’s fierce, fresh fiction has the book world abuzz: The Vegetarian, her first novel to be translated from Korean to English, won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. It is one of “The 10 Best Books of 2016,” according to the New York Times Book Review.It is ripe with searing imagery that won’t soon leave you. So ...


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DEBORAH WILLIS
by Megan Labrise

Don’t be afraid of The Dark and Other Love Stories but be warned: Deborah Willis’s delectable fictions aren’t amorous confections.

“I think that title is a bit misleading—actually, I know it is,” says Willis, by phone from home in Calgary. “A lot of people, when I tell them the title say, That sounds so lovely! I can’t wait!” ...


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COME AWAY HOME by Alison Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1991

"A pleasure to share. (Fiction. 8-11)"
When Angus, a young sea monster, awakes, he's no longer in the ocean with his family but surrounded by hills near one of Scotland's lochs, where James, a small black dog, has dragged him—none too gently—by the tail. Read full book review >

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TIME IS AN ILLUSION
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

Cover Story: Equine-tastic
BFF Charm: Heck Yes! (And Bonus LOVE)
Swoonworthy Scale:
 5
Talky Talk: Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
Bonus Factors:
 Fake Book, Blended Family, Road Trip
Relationship Status: Infinite Miles

 

Cover Story: Equine-tastic

Good news, everyone: I've finally solved the mystery of the terrible YA ...


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A LITERARY SECURITY BLANKET
by Leila Roy

I have a problem, and I suspect that some of you out there might suffer from it, too: there are too many books in my bag.

I try to keep their numbers down—after all, I really only bring my bag to work with me, and I work less than ten miles from home—but no matter how many times I empty ...


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