Search Results: "J. Michael Lennon"


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SELECTED LETTERS OF NORMAN MAILER by Norman Mailer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"An intriguing look at a particularly influential life of letters and a treat for Mailer fans."
The late literary lion's archivist shares 70 years of his missives. Read full book review >

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NORMAN MAILER by J. Michael Lennon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Detailed and anecdotal without being gossipy (a yarn concerning a nicotine-addicted cat notwithstanding) and a must-read for students and admirers of Mailer's work."
Appropriately sprawling biography of the larger-than-life writer, brawler, provocateur and bon vivant. Read full book review >

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ON THE NIGHT PLAIN by J. Robert Lennon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2001

"Not wholly successful, but, still, a significant achievement and a worthy addition to the growing body of contemporary western literature."
A gripping contemporary equivalent of O.E. Rolvaag's sagas of hard luck on the Great Plains. Read full book review >

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PIECES FOR THE LEFT HAND by J. Robert Lennon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2009

"A sly collection of bar stories and fables from Lennon (Castle, 2009, etc.), who's learned to be crafty with his storytelling."
One hundred deftly written short stories, originally published in the United Kingdom in 2005. Read full book review >

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THE FUNNIES by J. Robert Lennon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 1999

"If you believe in it, you'll like Lennon's novel."
A shapeless but engaging portrayal of its underachieving protagonist and narrator is the best feature of this bittersweet second novel by Lennon (The Light of Failing Stars, 1997). Read full book review >

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MAILMAN by J. Robert Lennon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Sardonic fun for the young and pierced. Exhausting for the aged and experienced."
The messy inner life of a thoroughly (but not murderously) disturbed postal employee is explored in the detail so loved by Richard Ford and J.D. Salinger. Read full book review >

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SEE YOU IN PARADISE by J. Robert Lennon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Much like his contemporaries Kevin Wilson or Wells Tower, Lennon is one of those writers who defies categorization and is as likely to fit comfortably into Weird Tales as he is into Granta."
Fourteen short stories about the quiet desperation and weary pessimism of a disparate collection of travelers. Read full book review >

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THE LIGHT OF FALLING STARS by J. Robert Lennon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 1997

"A sharp portrait of a place, but too often diluted by a scattered and uncertain plot and people."
A debut novel in which many stories mingle in the wake of a plane crash. Read full book review >

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CASTLE by J. Robert Lennon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2009

"The parts are better than the whole in Lennon's curiously structured fifth novel (Mailman, 2003, etc.)."
A soldier's homecoming conceals his childhood secret: the gothic excesses of the mad psychologist who formed his character. Read full book review >

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FAMILIAR by J. Robert Lennon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"A surrealistic tale about the enigma to be found in second chances."
Lennon's (Castle, 2009, etc.) latest literary effort chronicles Elisa Macalaster Brown's life as it quantum-shifts into a parallel universe. Read full book review >

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BROKEN RIVER by J. Robert Lennon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"An eminently readable but melodramatic story that dilutes its suspense with far-fetched metafiction."
A violent trespass against a young child's family in 2005 comes back to haunt another family in the present day. Read full book review >

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THE AMANDA PROJECT by Stella Lennon
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A baldly predatory attempt to get into teens' wallets. (Mystery. 14 & up)"
According to popular Callie, Amanda Valentino was a quirky math genius who lived in a pretty, Victorian house. Read full book review >