Search Results: "Dennis McFarland"


BOOK REVIEW

SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND by Dennis McFarland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1994

"McFarland's novel is full of airy meditations on mortality, but it is his robust characterizations that make it so heart-warming, such an impressive conquest of new territory. (Book- of-the-Month Club selection)"
The self-destructive family and the complicated love between siblings, core elements of McFarland's acclaimed 1990 debut The Music Room, reappear in a bold new configuration in this second novel about an elderly, emotionally unfulfilled brother and sister. Read full book review >

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NOSTALGIA by Dennis McFarland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A distinguished addition to fictionalized narratives focused on the Civil War and its aftermath."
A Civil War novel from Vermont-based author McFarland (Letter from Point Clear, 2007, etc.) that, like The Red Badge of Courage, focuses on the horror of battle as well as on the psychology of the soldier. Read full book review >

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LETTER FROM POINT CLEAR by Dennis McFarland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2007

"A work to be savored: McFarland knows how to put words together in guileful and bewitching ways."
A novel of nuanced emotional complexity, with a refreshing emphasis on character rather than on post-modern angst. Read full book review >

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A FACE AT THE WINDOW by Dennis McFarland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 17, 1997

"Many will concur at the finish of this tiresome book that aimed high, but got paled out, then hit low. (Literary Guild selection; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
McFarland's old strengths (The Music Room, 1990; School for the Blind, 1994) are less evident this time: His often golden style survives, but psychology and focus are bungled in this tale of a man paying for the sins of his past through encounters with ghosts in the present. Read full book review >

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PRINCE EDWARD by Dennis McFarland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2004

"A near-miss then, though well worth reading."
The growth of a southern white boy's moral consciousness. Read full book review >

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SINGING BOY by Dennis McFarland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Slow-paced and heavy going at times but well worth reading for its profound and unsentimental exploration of the grieving process."
McFarland (The Music Room, 1990; A Face at the Window, 1997, etc.) plunges the reader into the maelstrom of grief that arises in the aftermath of the random murder of a college professor. Read full book review >

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A BED FOR BEAR by Clive McFarland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Pleasant—though it does not plow particularly new ground. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This simple tale riffs on a perennial theme: "There's no place like home." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 16, 2012

"The still-relevant contrast between these two American powerhouses is well told. Both men were consumed by domestic and international problems that continue to reverberate."
What did two of the most famous Americans of the early 20th century have in common? Read full book review >

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MOUSE WENT OUT TO GET A SNACK by Lyn Rossiter McFarland
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 2005

"The almost frame-by-frame, perspective-switching illustrations of the rather ratty, spindly Mouse are comical and endearing, making this a light but tasty morsel. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Mouse, seeking a small snack, stumbles onto a feast—a seemingly abandoned banquet table piled high with everything from colorful cupcakes to tasty tacos. Read full book review >

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THE FOX AND THE WILD by Clive McFarland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"There's lots that appeals: a polite but determined fox, just enough danger, and plenty of colorful art. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A fox named Fred quests for a life away from his native city. Read full book review >

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CATERPILLAR DREAMS by Clive McFarland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A pleasing and amiable tale. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A caterpillar embarks on a great adventure only to find there's no place like home. Read full book review >

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GOING TO THE BAD by Nora McFarland
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Fans of McFarland's series (A Bad Day's Work, 2010, etc.) will be shocked at the involvement of Uncle Bud. It's hard when a mystery hits so close to home."
Determined to avenge an attack on her uncle, a photographer turns investigator in this character-rich whodunit and whydunit. Read full book review >