Search Results: "Jeffrey Lent"


BOOK REVIEW

A SLANT OF LIGHT by Jeffrey Lent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"More fine work from a writer who stirs both the head and the heart with powerful grace."
Another keening, moving novel steeped in American history and the rhythms of country life from Lent (After You've Gone, 2009, etc.).Read full book review >

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BEFORE WE SLEEP by Jeffrey Lent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Beautifully written and powerfully compassionate: more fine work from a modern master."
The anxious aftermath of World War II and the turbulent confusion of the late 1960s provide the dual settings for Lent's latest exploration of the American psyche (A Slant of Light, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >

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A PECULIAR GRACE by Jeffrey Lent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"The ecstatic closing pages will strike some as over-the-top, but sensitively developed characters and gorgeous prose will keep most admirers of serious American fiction engaged in this moving, though flawed novel."
Another intense exploration of family ties, doomed love and existential questing from talented, risk-taking Lent (Lost Nation, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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LOST NATION by Jeffrey Lent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Lent is a writer who seems determined to scale some pretty formidable rhetorical and thematic heights. He's getting there."
A powerful impression of waste, loss, and guilt elevates the melodramatic and rather contrived content of this ambitious second novel by Vermont author Lent (In the Fall, 2000). Read full book review >

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AFTER YOU’VE GONE by Jeffrey Lent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2009

"Readers will likely be angered by the arbitrary thwarting of two appealing characters, but the novel's prose is so gorgeous, its insights so mature, that they may be willing to accept its dark finale."
More strong, thoughtful fiction from Lent (A Peculiar Grace, 2007, etc.) about family ties and the hold of the past on protagonists pondering their direction into the future. Read full book review >

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IN THE FALL by Jeffrey Lent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

Family history as a double helix of white and black reaching back across three troubled generations: a densely layered saga and remarkable debut. Read full book review >

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MOLASSES FLOOD by Blair Lent
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Attractive and offbeat. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A note explains that, though there really was once a flood when a molasses tank exploded (with tragic consequences not mentioned here), Lent bases his fantastical tale on a story his mother told him as a boy. Read full book review >

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THE BEASTLY FEAST by Bruce Goldstone
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1998

"Joyous prints and cut-outs use color, texture, and shapes, but there are also elements of storytelling not mentioned in the text: The sight of flies airlifting pies to the extravaganza is not to be missed. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In his picture-book debut, Goldstone serves up a grand meal of rhymes garnished by a colorful salsa of animal prints by Lent. Read full book review >

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THE PHANTOM BULLY by Jeffrey Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 28, 2015

"Everybody's middle school years should be as ultimately satisfying as Roan's, whether they are Jedis-in-training or not. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
Perhaps playing off the principle that a great ending will mitigate almost anything, this story has at least a dozen endings, and all of them are pretty spectacular. Read full book review >

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WHO BROKE THE VASE? by Jeffrey Turner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"An interesting debut, one that may instigate discussion, emotion, and, yes, even laughs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A broken vase, an eyewitness, and a cast of improbable suspects lead to one surprise ending in this celebration of the whopper. Read full book review >

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WHO AM I? by Jeffrey Turner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"With full force of knowing right from wrong, readers will jump at the chance to chime in with the repeated admonishment: 'You are a rabbit!' (Picture book. 3-6)"
A rabbit with a madcap imagination pretends to be many other animals. Read full book review >