Search Results: "Helen Humphreys"


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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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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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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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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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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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VENDETTA by Chris Humphreys
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2007

"Sky could benefit from a few more weaknesses (his tendency to be the smartest magic user in three countries becomes tiresome), but this trilogy is heating up. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
When Sky studied his maternal grandfather, he was drawn into a dangerous world of Viking shapeshifters, and his cousin Kristin was possessed by the old man's spirit. Read full book review >

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NOWHERE ELSE ON EARTH by Josephine Humphreys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2000

"A remarkable achievement from a writer who just keeps getting better."
Another character-rich, atmospheric, thematically complex tale from Humphreys (The Fireman's Fair, 1991, etc.), set in a "piney lower corner of North Carolina" during the Civil War era. Read full book review >