Search Results: "Helen Humphreys"


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WILD DOGS by Helen Humphreys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"Mysterious, poetic, suspenseful, heartbreaking: magnificent fiction that evokes the complex connection between humans and the natural world in language that brings to mind Margaret Atwood's Surfacing."
Exquisite novel by Humphreys (The Lost Garden, 2002, etc.) explores how humans are attracted to and fearful of the wildness they sense within themselves and those they love. Read full book review >

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THE FROZEN THAMES by Helen Humphreys
Released: March 24, 2009

"Forty vibrant protagonists give depth and variety to this magical collection."
A dreamy, poetic evocation of winters past. Read full book review >

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LEAVING EARTH by Helen Humphreys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Everything about the airplane—with its 40-gallon gas tank and top speed of 80 mph—is marvelously done, as are the locales of long-ago Toronto, but the tales and characters that keep the rest going just don—t hold their altitude, declining toward the tones of a YA."
Canadian Humphreys debuts with the story of two women pilots who try, in August 1933, to break a record by staying aloft for 25 days—in a novel with plenty of period interest but less depth—or height—of psychology and character than could be wished. Read full book review >

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THE LOST GARDEN by Helen Humphreys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Images here—the girls' chalk drawings on blackout curtains, the flowers in the secret garden—can be breathtaking, but such abundant literary artifice keeps the reader at bay."
A slight, chiseled story about a lonely horticulturalist who plants a garden for the Women's Land Army during WWII. Read full book review >

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AFTERIMAGE by Helen Humphreys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2001

"More than capably written, and redeemed by many stunning moments, but a little too rigorously staged to be fully convincing."
The presence of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre—as both this novel's partial inspiration and its heroine's own favorite book—adds considerable romantic-gothic flavor to a leisurely tale of a young maidservant's enlightening and disillusioning "education." Read full book review >

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THE EVENING CHORUS by Helen Humphreys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Humphreys deserves more recognition for the emotional intensity and evocative lyricism of her seemingly straightforward prose and for her ability to quietly squirrel her way into the reader's heart."
Humphreys (Nocturne, 2013, etc.) offers a heartbreaking yet redemptive story about loss and survival surrounding a British prisoner of war during World War II and the wife he barely got to know before his capture. Read full book review >

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COVENTRY by Helen Humphreys
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"With stark, precise poetry, Humphreys builds a palpable, almost unbearable sense of inevitability and loss that echoes both John Hersey's Hiroshima and Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach."
The underappreciated Humphreys (Wild Dogs, 2005, etc.) offers a journey through the dark night of the soul that was the November 14, 1940, bombing of Coventry. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: July 11, 2006

"Despite pacing, a compelling adventure that asks hard questions of its characters. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
A boy is drawn into the violent past of his grandfather and Viking ancestors. Read full book review >

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THE CURSE OF ANNE BOLEYN by C.C. Humphreys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"Overly long, too convoluted, and populated by fight scenes that prove tiresomely detailed, this novel progresses in a zigzag pattern that readers will find confusing."
In this sequel to The French Executioner (2014), Humphreys mixes old world with new as the saga of Anne Boleyn's severed hand—and the power that's attributed to it—inspires court intrigue, star-crossed love, and witchcraft.Read full book review >

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THE HUNT OF THE UNICORN by C.C. Humphreys
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 8, 2011

"Don't bother. (author's note) (Fantasy. 12-14)"
Unicorns and adolescent girls, generally considered a perfect pairing, are here filtered through what seems to be an adolescent male concept of what teen girls might like (unicorns, handsome boys, plus some gory bits). Read full book review >

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UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER by Emyr Humphreys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 1996

"A superb work of fiction from a writer virtually unknown over here."
A poignant, moving portrayal of life in a small Welsh village in the immediate aftermath of WW II, by a prizewinning poet, short- story writer, and novelist (A Toy Epic, Outside the House of Baal, not reviewed, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE FRENCH EXECUTIONER by C.C. Humphreys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A gory but fascinating, albeit overly long, look at the world in the early 16th century."
This unusual tale conjures visions of an Errol Flynn-type Hollywood swashbuckler. Read full book review >