Search Results: "Jonathan Dunne"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CARPENTER’S PENCIL by Manuel Rivas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Exciting and accomplished fiction. One looks forward to further translation of Rivas's work."
This internationally acclaimed 1998 novel—the first of its Galician author's to appear in English—is an elegantly composed mosaic portrayal of the human cost of the Spanish Civil War. Read full book review >

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BARTLEBY & CO. by Enrique Vila-Matas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 30, 2004

"A wry, mind-bending delight: Borges and Calvino would have welcomed Vila-Matas as a kinsman."
A blocked writer sings the praises of literary failure, in this first English translation from a prizewinning Spanish author. Read full book review >

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THE PLIMSOLL LINE by Juan Gracia Armendáriz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Gracia Armendáriz's prose is exhaustive and often exhausting, but patient readers will find rewards in this chronicle of one man's seemingly perpetual suffering."
An academic endures a series of life-altering tragedies in a carefully observed novel from Spanish scribe Gracia Armendáriz (Diario del hombre pálido, 2015, etc.).Read full book review >

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IN THE LAST BLUE by Carme Riera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 18, 2007

"Not an easy read, and at times overlong, but a book with moments of brilliance."
The persecution of Majorcan Jews during the Spanish Inquisition is the rich subject of this ambitious 1994 novel, the second book in English translation from the prominent Catalan author (A Matter of Self-Esteem, 2001). Read full book review >

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IN THE WILDERNESS by Manuel Rivas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2005

"An ingenious conjoining of Ovid's Metamorphoses, Kipling's animal tales and Galician folklore, all in an effervescent fiction that vibrates with wit, energy and charm."
The worlds of humans and animals, of past and present, blend amusingly together in this magical 1994 novel from the Spanish author (The Carpenter's Pencil, 2001). Read full book review >

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JONATHAN DEE
by Rachel Sugar

Jonathan Dee’s latest, an exquisitely nuanced drama of simmering small-town politics, is so prescient—so uncannily current—it’s a source of concern. “I worry a little bit the novel is close enough to current events that people are going to read it a little too much as if it were a key to current events,” Dee says.

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BOOK REVIEW

PRAIRIE SPRING by Pete Dunne
NON-FICTION
Released: March 19, 2009

"Prairie lovers will want to return to Loren Eiseley, Mari Sandoz and William Least Heat-Moon after this glancing outing."
A slender, middling memoir of vernal wanderings in flyover country. Read full book review >

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Double Wide by Ava Dunne
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An intriguing, if uneven, portrait of a young woman whose strength of character conquers a harsh environment."
Caught between the callousness of an absent father and the delusions of a troubled mother, a lonely young girl in the 1980s tries to lay claim to her own identity in Dunne's debut novel. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Bird lore laden with humor, insight, and intelligence."
Avid birder Dunne (Director of Natural History Information/New Jersey Audubon Society) shares his enthusiasm in this entertaining and informative chronicle of a year of birding across North America. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 7, 2010

"At once funny and moving—a provocative call for greater involvement with the natural world channeled through a riveting portrait of the author's cherished home region."
Compelling portrait of the not-so-lazy days of summer in an overlooked area of the Jersey shore. Read full book review >

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IN THE SHADOW OF THE GODS by Rachel Dunne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"Antiheroes carry the day—and maybe save it—in this dark tale of pragmatism and survival."
Five strangers form a tense alliance to stop the release of two gods bound centuries ago in Dunne's debut novel, a semifinalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel (2014). Read full book review >

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A SEASON IN PURGATORY by Dominick Dunne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 1993

"But the main pleasures here involve nothing more moving than watching a wily old pro set up characters with as much individuality as ninepins preparatory to bowling them down. (Literary Guild Selection for Summer)"
It's Kennedy-bashing time again, as rich-and-venal chronicler Dunne (An Inconvenient Woman, etc.) drags writer-hero Harrison Burns through 20 years of guilt for having helped our most prominent Irish Catholic family cover up a sex murder by its fair-haired scion. Read full book review >