Search Results: "Edna Coe Bercaw"


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HALMONI’S DAY by Edna Coe Bercaw
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Halmoni captivates her audience, as she will the audience for this stellar debut. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Newcomer Bercaw has written an affecting story of Jennifer's fears and joys when her Korean halmoni, or grandmother, flies from her peaceful village to take part in a school Grandparents' Day program. Read full book review >

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TYRELL by Coe Booth
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"While the complex party-planning plotline doesn't exactly cut a straight path, its convoluted-ness undoubtedly illustrates the kinds of obstacles these teens must overcome and the connections they need to make in order to survive—inside or outside the law. (Fiction. YA)"
After his DJ father is incarcerated for drug dealing, 15-year-old Tyrell, his brother and his mother are rendered homeless and move to a slummy city shelter in the Bronx. Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE OF SLEEP by Jonathan Coe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"In all: a droll, ingenious novel, its satire nicely leavened by true romance."
An audacious, often wickedly funny meditation on the vexed precincts of sleep and sex, following the adventures of four characters whose wayward paths repeatedly intertwine, by the author of The Winshaw Legacy (1995). Read full book review >

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KENDRA by Coe Booth
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The powerful beginning nevertheless signals Booth as a talent to watch. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Kendra, a thoughtful, introspective teen, is more into theatrical design than getting into trouble. Read full book review >

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SUCH TIMES by Christopher Coe
Released: Aug. 31, 1993

"Timothy has an awful disease, but in the end he's too much of a twit to care about deeply."
A chatty and ultimately brittle second novel (after Coe's I Love Devine, 1987) about a gay man and his two lovers in the age of AIDS. Read full book review >

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THE PROPHETEER by Jason Coe
Released: Sept. 27, 2010

"A wickedly funny send-up."
George W. Bush speaks from the mountaintop—or at least the helicopter pad—in Coe's cutting political satire. Read full book review >

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MIAMI, IT'S MURDER by Edna Buchanan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 3, 1994

Not just murder, but rape, too, as Cuban-American Miami Daily News staffer Britt Montero (Nobody Lives Forever, 1990; Contents Under Pressure, 1992), on the trail of the Downtown Rapist who's attacked half a dozen women in public restrooms, provokes him into sending her illiterate threatening letters and a cow's severed tongue (a Santer°a curse, according to her Aunt Odalys) before her inevitable trip to the ladies' room. Read full book review >

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WILD DECEMBERS by Edna O’Brien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2000

"Proof again that in the hands of an artist, no plot is hackneyed, no emotion too obvious."
O'Brien (Down by the River, 1997, etc.) returns to rural Ireland for a tale of love, land feud, madness, and murder. Read full book review >

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HOUSE OF SPLENDID ISOLATION by Edna O’Brien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1994

"No answers here, of course, but well worth reading as O'Brien's first concentrated treatment of the troubles—and the pain they visit on the Irish people."
Irish-born O'Brien (who lives in London and has written emotionally intense, mordantly funny novels and short story collections like A Fanatic Heart, 1984) turns her attention to the continuing troubles in her native land—``a beautiful tragic country to be born into''—contemplating it through the eyes and hearts of a handful of characters entangled in a violent moment. Read full book review >

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THE LIGHT OF EVENING by Edna O’Brien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2006

"Through the twists of blood ties, O'Brien explores the profound ambivalence of the mother-daughter relationship, but the land and the climate seem more fully developed as characters than do many of the one-dimensional humans."
A novel of powerful, complicated emotions and rapturous writing suffers from its plot's soap-opera sentimentality. Read full book review >

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PULSE by Edna Buchanan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1998

"Buchanan rides her irresistible premise hell-for-leather all the way to the fairy-tale ending. (Author tour)"
A transplant patient finds that he's bought into a lot more than another man's heart, in this greased-lightning thriller from the Pulitzer-winning crime reporter best known for her Britt Montero mysteries (Margin of Error, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE RED CHAIRS by Edna O’Brien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"O'Brien's writing in this rich, wrenching book can be both lyrical and hard-edged, which suits a world where pain shared or a tincture of kindness can help ease the passage from losses."
An Irish town is touched by the war crimes in Sarajevo when an outsider sleeps with a local woman and she's driven by shame and brutality into exile. Read full book review >