Search Results: "Esther Freud"


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HIDEOUS KINKY by Esther Freud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1992

"Best as travelogue: a fluently written inside view of Morocco."
A young English child recounts travels and a lengthy sojourn in North Africa with her freedom-loving mother and security-seeking older sister—in the fiction debut of a London-born actress. Read full book review >

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THE SEA HOUSE by Esther Freud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 20, 2004

"Intelligent and reflective, but curiously unmoving."
British novelist Freud (Summer at Gaglow, 1998, etc.) traces two adulterous love affairs, separated by half a century, in the seaside village of Steerborough. Read full book review >

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LOVE FALLS by Esther Freud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 2007

"Familiar characters and situations, smooth but lackluster prose and oversaturated local color."
In Freud's sixth book (The Sea House, 2004, etc.), 17-year-old Lara accompanies the father she barely knows to stay with his ailing friend Caroline at her Italian villa. Read full book review >

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LUCKY BREAK by Esther Freud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"News brings a touch of irony to the red carpet."
Glimpsed in scenes spanning 14 years, a handful of aspiring actors suffer professional highs, lows, indignities and strokes of fortune in this absorbing, lightly comic novel by the noted British writer. Read full book review >

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PEERLESS FLATS by Esther Freud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"Sensitive, subtly humorous, and evocative of the underside of London life, but without the depth or resolution of a satisfying novel."
Actress/second-novelist Freud (Hideous Kinky, 1992) returns with a limp tale of an acting student enduring poverty, a shattered family life, and postadolescent sexual confusion in a shabby backwater of modern-day London. Read full book review >

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MR. MAC AND ME by Esther Freud
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A touching coming-of-age story, powerfully but gracefully infused with a spirit of place, which also pays tribute to a revered artist."
For a teenage boy living on the coast of England in 1914, change is everywhere. Freud's (Lucky Break, 2011, etc.) evocative new novel intermingles the dawning consciousness of an imaginative, creative child, who meets a real artist, with the irreversible alteration brought to a small community by the start of World War I.
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SUMMER AT GAGLOW by Esther Freud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 23, 1998

"A skilled, if somewhat uneven, performance."
A shrewdly observant, emotionally astute postmodern version of a family saga. Read full book review >

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DECEPTION'S PAWN by Esther Friesner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 2015

"For readers who like their ancient Irish legends larded with mean girls. (pronunciation guide) (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
A fiery Irish princess determined to make her own life decisions has trouble keeping her heart, and her men, in line in this overheated sequel to Deception's Princess (2014).Read full book review >

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DECEPTION'S PRINCESS by Esther Friesner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 2014

"A comfortably formulaic prelude to a projected sequel that will likewise be spun from some of the oldest surviving Irish legends. (afterword, pronunciation guide) (Fantasy. 11-14)"
The latest entry in Friesner's Princesses of Myth series shifts scene but not much else. Read full book review >

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CAPTAINS OF THE CITY STREETS by Esther Averill
Released: Nov. 22, 1972

"This is a flashback to The Cat Club's early days before the arrival of Jenny, and though the club's Rules and Regulations and tea party frolics which began back in the 1940's don't much resemble the activities of backyard felines we know, previously recruited fans will find the initiation of these two mavericks one of the organization's more worthwhile ventures."
The socialization of a pair of street-wise tramps, Sinbad and the Duke, begins when they move into the neighborhood of Little Old New York and are drawn into the Cat Club through their big brotherly concern for the young dancing cat Macaroni. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 31, 1933

The story of a white colt, of a cranky duchess who tried to run the town, and of the circus she didn't dare put out, and of how Powder joined the circus. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 10, 1970

"Although Miss Averill communicates her respect for Callot, neither the exposition nor the illustrations back her up."
It looks like an art book but it has little of substance to say about art; it reads like a rather young biography but it has little to tell—since there is little known—about Callot's personal life. Read full book review >