Search Results: "Joanne Harris"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 2003

"A little clunky, a little slow: a blip in the spy genre."
Evil, upright, or misunderstood? It's possible to see Red spy Kitty Harris—a.k.a. Elizabeth Dreyfus, Alice Read, Gypsy, Norma, Ada, et al.—as all three in this biography by retired KGB officer Damaskin. Read full book review >

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COASTLINERS by Joanne Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2002

"Rightly or wrongly, Harris (Chocolat, 1999; Five Quarters of the Orange, 2001, etc.) delivers the goods for readers who can't get enough of this sort of thing."
In an ever-so-cozy tale, a woman returns to the small French island of her ancestry to reconnect with her roots and act generally plucky. Read full book review >

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CHOCOLAT by Joanne Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Premise, prose, and pace all march along capably, but they fail nevertheless to raise the whole above the debilities of heavy symbolism and excruciatingly precious plot."
A first novel that rather cloyingly describes the transformations that overtake the residents of a small French village when a mysterious stranger and her daughter arrive and open a chocolate shop. Read full book review >

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GENTLEMEN AND PLAYERS by Joanne Harris
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 10, 2006

"A daring gambit, poorly played."
Harris (Five Quarters of the Orange, 2001, etc.) tries her hand at homicide. Read full book review >

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HOLY FOOLS by Joanne Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2004

"Harris (Coastliners, 2002, etc.) does a creditable job re-creating the atmosphere of a very distant time and place, and infuses it with a sharp if somewhat obvious tale."
Baroque thriller, set in 17th-century France, about the travails of a young nun who must keep silent as a charlatan priest tries to take over her convent. Read full book review >

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FIVE QUARTERS OF THE ORANGE by Joanne Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2001

"Harris (Chocolat, 1999) is capable of elegantly sensual writing, but Five Quarters degenerates into melodrama all too soon."
An overwrought and often contrived tale with one too many characters named after food. Read full book review >

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DIFFERENT CLASS by Joanne Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"A gripping fictional exposé of a tempest no teapot can contain."
Mr. Chips meets Gordon Gekko in Harris' (Peaches for Father Francis, 2012, etc.) novel of academe. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WITH NO SHADOW by Joanne Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2008

"A contemporary, razor-edged fairy tale—very dark chocolate but likely to be gobbled up."
In Harris's sequel to Chocolat (1999), the paranormally gifted chocolate-maker Vianne Rocher has moved from rural France to Paris, where she tries to create a life of anonymity. Read full book review >

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RUNEMARKS by Joanne Harris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"A mini-course in Norse mythology for the tween set. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The Lightning Thief meets The Sea of Trolls in this well-executed, if rather plodding children's debut by the author of the adult novel, Chocolat. Read full book review >

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PEACHES FOR FATHER FRANCIS by Joanne Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"A slow buildup to a breathtaking finish."
Eight years after the events in Harris' best-selling Chocolat (1999, etc.), her heroine is summoned back to the French village she once revitalized with confections. Read full book review >