Search Results: "Francesca Duranti"


BOOK REVIEW

PERSONAL EFFECTS by Francesca Duranti
Released: March 1, 1993

"Disappointing."
Hunting for literary treasure is again the subject of a Duranti novel; in The House on Moon Lake (1986), this Italian author's debut, the quarry was a lost masterpiece; in her slim third novel, it's an elusive Eastern European writer. Read full book review >

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LEFT-HANDED DREAMS by Francesca Duranti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"You may find yourself yawning in the company of Martina Satriano, but you'll want to hear more about Lobster Amoricaine."
The protagonist and narrator of this unfortunately tepid meditative novel is Martina Satriano, an Italian-American academic whose return journey to Rome (after many years away) for her mother's funeral occasions a series of dreamlike reminiscences of her years in both countries, former loves and occupations (in Italy, she had worked as a chef to support her family), and musings about the unlived lives she might have had. Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE ON MOON LAKE by Francesca Duranti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Ingenious, absorbing, and capped by a terrific surprise ending."
Reissued to accompany Italian novelist Duranti's most recent book (see above), this multiple prizewinner (which first appeared in English translation in 1986) constructs an absorbing psychodrama from its faintly rarefied premise: a translator's surreal experience of the forgotten book and author that he (as it were) resurrects. Read full book review >

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THE MYSTERIOUS PACKAGE by Francesca Chessa
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"Deeply textured and richly colored, they capture the flavors and resiliency of childhood daydreams and imbue the world of Charlie and Frances with an endearing simplicity. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Chessa tells a simple story of two children, Charlie and Frances, whose parents have received a large package in the mail. Read full book review >

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HOLLY’S RED BOOTS by Francesca Chessa
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"The seamless combination of art and text will be rollicking fun for young readers. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Holly wants to make a snowman, but cannot find her red boots to keep her feet dry. Read full book review >

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MADE YOU UP by Francesca Zappia
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 19, 2015

"An intriguing but ultimately misbegotten project. (Fiction. 14-18)"
After her expulsion from private school for an act of mental-illness-induced vandalism, Alex, 17, begins her senior year at an Indiana public school with trepidation. Read full book review >

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THE MONSTROUS CHILD by Francesca Simon
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 6, 2017

"Seen from below, the Twilight of the Gods is neither tragic nor noble—it's long overdue. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Mum's a giantess, Dad's a trickster god, and her brothers are fated to play major roles in ending the world; trapped in her fetid underworld, Hel (aka Goddess of the Dead) has had enough eternity, thanks, and she's about to tell you why. Read full book review >

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A Suitcase Full of Secrets by Francesca Gray
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 24, 2013

"A modestly thrilling first novel bolstered by a compelling moral challenge."
In this novel, an abused woman's misfortune follows her on an all-girls Mexican vacation. Read full book review >

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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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WAKEFIELD HALL by Francesca Stanfill
Released: May 1, 1993

"An intelligent great read."
Wittily imitating classic gothic masterpieces, Stanfill (Shadows and Light, 1984) takes a Brontâan heroine and puts her in a Tom Wolfe-ish New York setting—where ``identity is telegraphed by the names of corporations or one's position on the Forbes list.'' Narrated in the past tense typical of the genre, and in equally typical florid prose, the story concerns Elisabeth Rowan, who, like Jane Eyre, is alone in the world and must support herself. Read full book review >

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THE MAP OF BONES by Francesca Haig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A powerful post-apocalyptic story with unusual emotional depth and clear, often beautiful language, this is one genre fans won't want to miss."
This sequel to The Fire Sermon (2015) extends and deepens its story of a post-apocalyptic world riven by war. Read full book review >