Search Results: "Hester Kaplan"


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HESTER by Byron Barton
Released: Sept. 29, 1975

But Barton's first wobbly-lined picture, of Hester's dining room all set for the party, is the very dream of Halloween that any first grader would delight in drawing for himself, the stock haunted house is not only incongruous but warmly inviting and a little sad among all the high rises, and the sweet old witch's welcoming, well-behaved friends are such a grotesque gang of freaks that the whole adventure proves to be a captivating blend of good cheer and satisfying shivers. Read full book review >

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HESTER by Christopher Bigsby
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Hawthorne points up the book's problem: It tries to be both historical reconstruction and novel and doesn't fulfill either mission completely."
This ``prequel'' to The Scarlet Letter imagines the early life of Hester Prynne and serves as a creative addendum to that classic, but it could not stand on its own. Read full book review >

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HESTER by Paula Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Reed's confident debut amiably reimagines Hawthorne's tragic heroine as a brave lady in tumultuous times, making this sequel to his literary classic a standard-issue historical novel."
Continuation of The Scarlet Letter follows Hester Prynne and her wild daughter to Oliver Cromwell's England. Read full book review >

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THE TELL by Hester Kaplan
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"An initially intriguing but ultimately disappointing effort."
A stranger comes to town, upsetting the heretofore placid lives of a couple. Read full book review >

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UNRAVISHED by Hester Kaplan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2014

"Although the insights are sometimes too explicit, Kaplan's stories confidently, capably explore the switchbacks of human interaction."
Relationships—flawed, ruptured, secret, evolving—are sifted and scrutinized in this latest collection from Kaplan (The Tell, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE EDGE OF MARRIAGE by Hester Kaplan
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"A precisely observant collection, unsparing, original, and resonant."
Tough-minded reports from the marital frontlines, by a writer with the keen eye of a reporter for the telling detail and apt metaphor. Read full book review >

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KINSHIP THEORY by Hester Kaplan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 22, 2001

"A solid, well-written first novel that successfully avoids the saccharine and melodramatic."
Rather than the overwrought tearjerker it might have been—mother acts as surrogate for her infertile daughter—Kaplan (stories: Edge of Marriage, 1999) delivers an affecting and often biting portrait of family relationships. Read full book review >

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HESTER AMONG THE RUINS by Binnie Kirshenbaum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

The story of two lovers whose lives are profoundly shaken by echoes of the Holocaust: a German medievalist and the woman who, while writing his biography, falls in love with him. Read full book review >

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THE CASTLE ON HESTER STREET by Linda Heller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2007

"The historical references make the narrative a bit creaky, but Kulikov recreates warmly lit, authentic-looking interiors and street scenes, and his smiling, flexibly posed figures project an intimacy that will draw children in to this intergenerational interchange. (Picture book. 6-8)"
New pictures add fresh animation to a slightly retouched text originally published in 1982. Read full book review >

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THE POTENTIAL HAZARDS OF HESTER DAY by Mercedes Helnwein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"A portfolio of random sketches—however vivid—does not a novel make."
After an impromptu marriage, Florida teen embarks on a road trip, encountering the usual exponents of absurd Americana, in visual artist Helnwein's debut novel. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 27, 1965

"And, since the quoted line appears as the sub-title on the jacket and as the first line of the text, the story is really given away before it ever happens."
Hester a well-dressed mouse, is handsomely illustrated as an appealing mouse housekeeper. Read full book review >