Search Results: "Edna Mazya"


BOOK REVIEW

LOVE BURNS by Edna Mazya
Kirkus Star
by Edna Mazya, translated by Dalya Bilu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2006

"The cleverness and vitality of this narrative made it a bestseller in Israel, as it should be here. Mazya describes one brilliant character as 'original without being eccentric.' It's praise she deserves herself."
This darkly funny first novel by Israeli playwright Mazya combines the suspense of a murder mystery with the absurdity of a Woody Allen movie. 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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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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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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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 >

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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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GARDEN OF EVIL by Edna Buchanan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 9, 1999

"Alas, both the case Britt follows and the one she drops end not with a bang but a whimper."
"HEADLESS DRIVER CRASHES AFTER WILD MILE RIDE," shrieks the Miami News headline introducing Britt Montero's latest story. Read full book review >

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CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE by Edna Buchanan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 3, 1992

"Formulaic, but Montero's a charmer and her story seethes with the street-life that her creator knows so well: first-rate entertainment."
A fictional version of Miami Herald crime-reporter Buchanan's memoirs (Never Let Them See You Cry; The Corpse Had a Familiar Face)—i.e., a tale (reporter investigates suspicious death) surging with sentiment and crackling action, and far more appealing than the author's debut novel, Nobody Lives Forever (1990). Read full book review >

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MY GORGEOUS LIFE by Edna Everage
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 1992

"No Plom's (Poor Little Old Me) Disease here—though readers who haven't yet seen one of Edna's performances may be left a bit bewildered."
British comedy-star Everage, nÇe Barry Humphreys, takes us little people into her confidence with this terribly earnest autobiography of an Australian housewife turned megacelebrity— broad but successful buffoonery in the Monty Python tradition. Read full book review >

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DOWN BY THE RIVER by Edna O’Brien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1997

"O'Brien's propagandistic tone and two-dimensional characterizations will bring her few if any new admirers."
Expatriate Irish writer O'Brien (House of Splendid Isolation, 1994, etc.) offers one of the most ferocious indictments of Gaelic life and culture since The Playboy of the Western World. Read full book review >

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Released: April 2, 2001

"Enlightening and entertaining, though not essential."
Those not repelled by the pomposity of the back-cover copy ("there is no place here for the poet as entertainer," etc.) might actually find themselves, well, entertained by this assemblage of 20th-century works by poets from the British Isles, with the occasional American or New Zealander thrown in for good measure. Read full book review >