Search Results: "Howard Norman"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 14, 2005

"A deep-sounding recovery project of memories new and old, fired by years of reflection."
A sometimes sad but seductive collage of memories of two months spent with a Japanese woman and an Inuit elder in Canada's far north. Read full book review >

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WHAT IS LEFT THE DAUGHTER by Howard Norman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 6, 2010

"It is extraordinary that a story which carries such a weight of sorrow is never depressing, but Norman the master craftsman pulls it off."
Norman (best known for The Bird Artist, 1994) scores again with this gripping account of a family ripped apart by obsession and murder. Read full book review >

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NEXT LIFE MIGHT BE KINDER by Howard Norman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"Not Norman's finest work but an intriguing attempt to complicate his usual concerns."
A man's anguish over his wife's murder—soon to be a major motion picture—blurs his grasp of reality in the latest moody, Halifax-set tale by Norman (What Is Left the Daughter, 2010; Devotion, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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DEVOTION by Howard Norman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2007

"Vintage Norman, though not as good as The Bird Artist (1994) or The Museum Guard (1998)."
A fledgling artist's attempts to give design and coherence to his personal life are the subject of this appealing if odd sixth novel from the free-range Vermont author. Read full book review >

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THE MUSEUM GUARD by Howard Norman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Wonderful fiction."
The late Bernard Malamud's resonant maxim "All men are Jews" might have served as subtitle for this harrowing exploration of the collision of personal conscience with historical circumstance: the third novel and best yet from Norman (The Bird Artist, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE BIRD ARTIST by Howard Norman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"We believe in the wrenching disorder precisely because the hitherto orderly rhythms have been as steady as the ticking of a clock. (Author tour)"
Adultery, murder, and an arranged marriage are the meat in this exceptionally strong, classy period melodrama by the author of the acclaimed The Northern Lights (1987) and the short-story collection Kiss in the Hotel Joseph Conrad (1989). Read full book review >

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MY DARLING DETECTIVE by Howard Norman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"An unconventional, lively literary mystery."
An aspiring librarian strives to get to the bottom of a decades-old murder and his mother's act of vandalism in this foray into noir by Norman (Next Life Might Be Kinder, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE HAUNTING OF L. by Howard Norman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Norman is a lively and imaginative writer, but too much of The Haunting of L. consists, so to speak, of a story that really isn't there."
A very promising idea—the phenomenon of "spirit photographs" (in which "uninvited guests" may be seen)—is somewhat clumsily developed in this disappointing final volume of Norman's Canadian Trilogy (The Bird Artist, 1994; The Museum Guard, 1998). Read full book review >

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Released: July 9, 2013

"A bracing, no-nonsense memoir, infused with fresh takes on love, death and human nature."
Five stellar personal essays by Norman (Creative Writing/Univ. of Maryland; What Is Left the Daughter, 2010, etc.) that shed light on his melancholy, tragedy-struck fiction and larger human failures. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Though handsomely packaged, this pricey gathering won't draw or keep the interest of child readers or tellers. (Folktales. 8-11)"
From the creators of The Girl Who Dreamed Only Geese (1997), a less ambitious outing: five tales from a workshop run by Norman (15 years ago), illustrated with art that tries to look like leaded stained glass. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"An inviting, inarguably authentic collection. (Folklore. 8-12)"
Norman (The Girl Who Dreamed Only Geese, 1997) presents seven trickster tales collected from living Algonquian storytellers, collated from multiple versions and backed up by specific source notes. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Story notes appended. (Folklore. 9+)"
This collection is not only the handsomest gathering of Inuit folktales ever, but one that will bring readers as close to a living oral tradition as printed material can. Read full book review >