Search Results: "Francine Prose"


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PRIMITIVE PEOPLE by Francine Prose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1992

"Another winner by a writer who has hit her stride."
Prose's seventh novel (Bigfoot Dreams, 1986, etc.) inspires many a giggle as it relates the odd and fascinating adventures of a Haitian au pair in an eccentric upper-class Hudson Valley household—social satire at its slyest and best. Read full book review >

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BLUE ANGEL by Francine Prose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 2000

"An academic comedy of manners as engaging as Richard Russo's Straight Man: Prose once again proves herself one of our great cultural satirists. (Author tour)"
Prose (Guided Tours of Hell . . ., 1997, etc.) returns with a characteristically sly and biting send-up of academia and the political correctness that plagues our days. Read full book review >

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MY NEW AMERICAN LIFE by Francine Prose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2011

"Intelligence, wit and an engaging heroine can't quite disguise the fact that there's not much actually happening here."
Versatile novelist/essayist/biographer Prose (Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife, 2009, etc.) views post-9/11 America through the sardonic eyes of an Albanian immigrant. Read full book review >

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A CHANGED MAN by Francine Prose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2005

"An edgy, riveting tale, one of Prose's most interesting."
A neo-Nazi abandons his Aryan supremacist buddies and joins a humanitarian relief organization. Read full book review >

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HUNTERS AND GATHERERS by Francine Prose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"An execution as inexplicably lifeless as its heroineand a disappointment from this highly gifted author."
Prose's satirical eye focuses on what should have been an excellent targeta cult of goddess-worshippers intent on healing a lovelorn female's heartbut she fails to hit home with the gleeful vigor so evident in Primitive People (1992) and Bigfoot Dreams (1986). Read full book review >

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THE PEACEABLE KINGDOM by Francine Prose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Prose—a master at maintaining a sense of the homogenized texture of American life while celebrating each individual's peculiar experience within it—works these tales of infidelity, envy, fear, and garden-variety confusion into a bright and memorable melody."
More entertaining, offbeat fiction from a proven master of domestic whimsy—author of eight novels and one other story collection (Women and Children First, 1988). Read full book review >

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MISTER MONKEY by Francine Prose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Wickedly funny and sharply observant, in the author's vintage manner, with a warmth that softens the satire just enough."
With her customary sure hand, veteran novelist Prose (Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932, 2014, etc.) trains various points of view on the shabby dramatization of a popular children's book. Read full book review >

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BULLYVILLE by Francine Prose
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2007

"Someday, this won't matter, but in the meantime, it's just one more flaw in a forced and artificial story. (Fiction. 11-14)"
When eighth-grader Bart Rangely wakes with a fever, his mother stays home from work. Read full book review >

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AFTER by Francine Prose
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Could have been even scarier if the administrative power had snowballed rather than possessing total control from the beginning, but still an unsettling piece for modern times. (Fiction. YA)"
A disturbing foray into a contemporary America where protection and safety have become labels for repression and murder. Read full book review >

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LOVERS AT THE CHAMELEON CLUB, PARIS 1932 by Francine Prose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"Brilliant and dazzling Prose."
A tour de force of character, point of view and especially atmosphere, Prose's latest takes place in Paris from the late 1920s till the end of World War II. Read full book review >

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THE TURNING by Francine Prose
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"Not enough scare there. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Henry James' The Turn of the Screw is the inspiration for this epistolary novel by Francine Prose. Read full book review >