Search Results: "Joanna Briscoe"


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YOU by Joanna Briscoe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Although implausible and suffocating, this rapture of obsession and lyrical landscape is not unimpressive."
Infatuation and secrecy maintained over decades drive—very slowly—an intense three-generational saga of women's longings. Read full book review >

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BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY by Connie Briscoe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 1996

"Briscoe's been touted as another McMillan or even a peer of Morrison's, but the stilted dialogue, heavy-handed moralizing, and plodding plot here keep her in a lesser league entirely. (150,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Briscoe returns (Sisters and Lovers, 1994) to tackle 30 years of African-American history through the wide eyes of an Everywoman protagonist. Read full book review >

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A LONG WAY FROM HOME by Connie Briscoe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"Heartfelt, but a thin and unsatisfying take on a weighty and still urgent subject. (First printing of 150,000, $350,000 ad/promo, author tour)"
In a disappointing third novel, the bestselling author of Big Girls Don—t Cry (1996), etc., draws on her family's history in a story about slavery, miscegenation, and the Civil War. Read full book review >

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P.G. COUNTY by Connie Briscoe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2002

"Designer names and hackneyed plot can't liven up this tawdry, uninspired soaper from the author of Big Girls Don't Cry (1996), etc."
Schemers and sluts in Prince George County. Read full book review >

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AMOS JELLYBEAN GETS IT RIGHT by Joanna Walsh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

Amos Jellybean knows he's bright (his mum says so), but he still always seems to scramble the many instructions he's given: "So I . . . take my bed downstairs, put it on the table, sit down on my breakfast and eat my clothes." Read full book review >

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SISTERS AND LOVERS by Connie Briscoe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1994

"Smoothly readable, but flat and uninventive. (First printing of 35,000; Literary Guild alternate selection; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Imagine Terry McMillan's Waiting to Exhale without the sex, the sizzle, and the funky humor and you have a fair idea of Briscoe's first novel about three black sisters and their problems with their menfolk. Read full book review >

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DEAD CENTER by Joanna Higgins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Readers may find the machine-gun staccato of nonstop sentence fragments and improbabilities distracting, but Higgins' otherwise lovely writing will keep them reading to find out how this tale of love gone wrong ends."
Higgins (A Soldier's Book, 1998, etc.) takes a fictional look at a real-life case and the effect it has on one family. Read full book review >

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THE BRASS DOLPHIN by Joanna Trollope
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Intelligent historical fiction with characters strong enough to compete with the events they're illuminating, by a master of the genre (Other People's Children, 1999, etc.)."
A Bantam hardcover in 1997, published under the pseudonym of Caroline Harvey, this first of a series vividly details the tough lessons about love and life a young Englishwoman learns on Malta during WWII. Read full book review >

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SECOND HONEYMOON by Joanna Trollope
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2006

"Modest and unerringly real—a love song to ordinary life."
British author Trollope's tale of confronting life post-motherhood is a masterpiece of the mundane. Read full book review >

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THE SITWELLS by Joanna Skipwith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"This book, the accompaniment to The Sitwells and the Arts of the 1920s and 1930s at London's National Portrait Gallery, is filled with drawings, paintings, and photographs of the Sitwells and their shifting circles by artists of the period, including Cecil Beaton, Wyndham Lewis, and Max Beerbohm."
Could chance have chosen a better family name than Sitwell for people who spent much of their life posing for portraits? Read full book review >

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A DUAL INHERITANCE by Joanna Hershon
Released: April 30, 2013

"A richly composed but demanding portrait of familial gravity and the wobbly orbits that bring us together again and again."
The lives, loves and fortunes of two very different men become hopelessly entwined as the decades pass them by. Read full book review >

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PERIL AT SOMNER HOUSE by Joanna Challis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"The anemic mystery indicates that this installment is best approached as a romantic look at the young Daphne before she became a famous author."
A second adventure for Daphne du Maurier and her sister Angela. Read full book review >