Search Results: "Francesca Delbanco"


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ASK ME ANYTHING by Francesca Delbanco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Trite, plotless, self-absorbed debut from a former writer of Seventeen's advice column."
Good advice, bad advice. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 26, 2014

"A well-written memoir that offers lessons on understanding and forgiving oneself."
A debut memoir and guidebook to help readers move beyond personal trauma toward self-acceptance. Read full book review >

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AS FRANCESCA by Martha Baer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 1997

"In the clear light of print, however, a mediocre style and increasingly flimsy plot distract from the clever premise, leaving a reader unfulfilled and underamused. ($40,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Baer's six-month serial for Wired's on-line magazine, Hotwired (where this first-time novelist is executive editor), loses some pizazz in its translation to print as heroine Elaine V. Botsch, corporate cog by day, on-line sex slave by night, travels compulsively back and forth between her mutually enriching worlds. Read full book review >

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SAVING FRANCESCA by Melina Marchetta
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 28, 2004

"Francesca's messy, credible array of emotions and problems will keep readers absorbed to the last, satisfying line. (Fiction. 13+)"
Sparkling dialogue and engaging characters make this Australian import a pleasure to read. Read full book review >

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THE ANNUNCIATION OF FRANCESCA DUNN by Janis Hallowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2004

"Though her story and characters are both sometimes labored and her writing stilted, there's a lot to admire in the complexity of the issues Hallowell raises—and in her lack of easy answers."
Ambitious first novel examines the power of faith—and its dangers. Read full book review >

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The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan by Steve Wiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"Cynicism and adult words stave off sappiness but don't remotely dampen the magical story's genuine charm."
In this fantasy debut, a wealthy but discontented businessman remembers his childhood journey through Chicago's hidden, enchanted side with creatures and anthropomorphic animals. Read full book review >

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COLLEGE by Andrew Delbanco
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2012

"Although stronger on diagnosis than cure, this is an impassioned call for a corrupt system to heal itself."
Has the democratic ideal of a classical education, open to rich and poor alike, become a thing of the past? Read full book review >

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POSSESSION by Nicholas Delbanco
Released: Feb. 11, 1976

"These give the novel its strength and austerity even if it's as claustral as an hour spent in a root cellar."
Delbanco goes on writing his perhaps thanklessly individualistic books, which are not so much private as confined. Read full book review >

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FATHERING by Nicholas Delbanco
Released: Dec. 7, 1973

"Robert's estranged and vague and footless years of wandering are indeed justified although by the close (Elizabeth commits suicide; Hans dies; Alexander shoots himself but only succeeds in losing his sight; etc., etc.) all these 'linkages' and 'couplings' will not have corroborated his 'provenance' or restored his real and psychic identity, both a word and a concern which have become the cliche of our time."
Even if Mr. Delbanco has abandoned some of his most capricious stylistic tics, Fathering is still pretty heavy weathering and the occasional word remains "echoic" of perhaps Durrell, not so much in the shifting perspectives — there's that — but in the truly pate de foie gras prose. Read full book review >

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OLD SCORES by Nicholas Delbanco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 1997

"A moving exploration of a believably passionate love, and of its subtle, powerful, persistent impact on the lives of two stubborn romantics."
A sad, convincing, autumnal tale of love lost, found, and lost again, by old pro Delbanco (In the Name of Mercy, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 11, 1989

"The metaphor of the writer writing can wear thin, but, still, this is a solid—if specialized—collection about the disillusions and small epiphanies of the literary life."
Delbanco, author of the Sherbrookes trilogy (Possession, Sherbrookes, Stillness), here offers a second collection of intelligent but surfacey stories (About My Table, 1983), all concerning writers (mostly male) who must accommodate their illusions to reality. Read full book review >

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SMALL RAIN by Nicholas Delbanco
Released: March 10, 1975

"The book with its high-toned blat is also just that kind of experience."
After Fathering, Delbanco's only accessible novel, Small Rain's a steady drizzle of raffine exchanges (French, German, Italian and Latin on every other page), recondite vocabulary stretchers ("He permitted the oxymoronic construction; he used the chiasma in speech"), not so recondite aesthetic referrals (the Brownings, Buddenbrooks) and a little name-dropping of fine foods and wines. Read full book review >