Search Results: "Jayne Anne Phillips"


BOOK REVIEW

SHELTER by Jayne Anne Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 1994

"Phillips remains a stimulating and unpredictable author. (Author tour)"
Lord of the Flies meets The Trouble with Angels in Phillips's second novel (after Machine Dreams, 1984), a grim evocation of the dark, dank underbelly of a West Virginia Girl Guides camp in 1963. Read full book review >

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MOTHERKIND by Jayne Anne Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2000

"An ambitious if uneven attempt to write passionately in a minor key about commonplace yet central life experiences."
Responsibility for a dying parent, taking pleasure in a first baby, marriage to a man with kids and an angry ex-wife. Despite her gift for gorgeous prose, Phillips (Shelter, 1994, etc.) is not entirely successful in breathing new life into this combination of domestic dramas so familiar in fiction and women's lives today. Read full book review >

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LARK AND TERMITE by Jayne Anne Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2009

"As usual Phillips writes up a storm (this time literally), but without a convincing story, readers may find themselves sinking into a marsh of sensory overload."
Phillips (English/Rutgers-Newark; MotherKind, 2000, etc.) divides her novel between July 1950, when a young soldier in the Korean War dreams about his unborn son, and July 1959, when that son, an orphaned hydrocephalic nine-year-old, is being raised by his older half sister and their aunt in West Virginia. Read full book review >

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QUIET DELL by Jayne Anne Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Phillips' prose is as haunting as the questions she raises about the natures of sin, evil and grace."
Phillips (Lark and Termite, 2009) fuses the established facts surrounding the 1931 trial of serial killer Harry Powers with her imagined version of the victims' inner lives and the fictional lives of a handful of characters connected by the crimes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAYA ANGELOU by Jayne Pettit
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Incredibly, not a word of her poetry or prose appears in this perfunctory rendering. (Biography. 8-11)"
In this dull entry in the Rainbow Biography series, Pettit (A Time to Fight Back, 1996, etc.) sets out to tell the story of a ``remarkable woman who has survived the pain of abandonment, the anguish of child abuse, and the hatred of racial intolerance.'' The abandonment, abuse, and hatred are dutifully chronicled from the time the girl who would become Maya, age three, and her four-year- old brother are shipped off to live in Stamps, Arkansas—Klan country—to her rape in St. Read full book review >

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TOMATO GIRL by Jayne Pupek
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

"Pupek creates a strong voice for Ellie but riddles the story with so many clichés that her novel becomes a caricature of itself."
Poet Pupek's first novel, the story of an 11-year-old girl with a crazy mother and a father who abandons her, lingers in the darkest corners of the Southern-gothic tradition. Read full book review >

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GIN PHILLIPS
by Megan Labrise

Gin Phillips had no intention of writing summer’s most scintillating literary thriller.

“I wanted to write a book about motherhood,” Phillips says of Fierce Kingdom, the story of a mother and four-year-old son trapped in their local zoo by an active shooter event.

“I was aware it was a faster plot than I normally focus on,” she says ...


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BOOK REVIEW

MY NAME IS SAN HO by Jayne Pettit
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"An earnest but uneven effort to guide readers toward greater sympathy for the challenges new immigrants face. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A Vietnamese youth witnesses the horrors of war in his native land, then escapes to a strange, sometimes frightening new country when his mother marries a G.I. The author signals her didactic intent with a preface, going on to tell a simple, theme-dominant story: surviving massacres and attacks, San Ho flees his village, spends three years in Saigon, then joins his mother and stepfather in a Philadelphia suburb, where the pleasures of plenty vie with his sense of dislocation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1996

"Nevertheless, this is a fine introduction to the effects of war on ordinary people, often overlooked in books that focus on battles and strategies. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Eight true stories of children during WW II, covering a wide range of experiences, from aiding the French resistance to Japanese internment in Manzanar to life in the concentration camps. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE JOY OF REAL FOOD by Rowena Jayne
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 4, 2015

"An often engaging book that offers original ways to bring variety to daily meal preparation—even for readers who aren't ready to commit to a raw-food, vegan lifestyle."
This brightly illustrated, eclectic compilation of vegan recipes urges readers to find joy by changing unhealthful culinary habits. Read full book review >

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LESSONS IN DUCK HUNTING by Jayne Buxton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2006

"Amiable—with some useful advice for meeting men—but predictable."
Can a marketing strategy help a 37-year-old Londoner find love the second time around? Read full book review >