Search Results: "Julia Franck"


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BACK TO BACK by Julia Franck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"Poetic and sensuous, but so unrelievedly grim that it borders on the unendurable."
A devoted brother and sister suffer their mother's pitiless love and the even harsher treatment of the state, East Germany in its formative years, in a relentlessly dark second novel from a prize-winning Germany writer. Read full book review >

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THE BLINDNESS OF THE HEART by Julia Franck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Franck's impressionistic style and empathy encourage fresh responses to familiar subject matter—fine, disturbing, memorable work."
Darkness engulfs a family and a nation, in a psychologically acute addition to the literature of Germany's downfall; the book was an international bestseller and won the German Book Prize. Read full book review >

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SEPARATION by Dan Franck
Released: Jan. 10, 1994

"Zut!"
The thinly-charactered story of a marriage breaking up: a large bestseller in France. Read full book review >

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JULIA GLASS
by Kerri Arsenault

Julia Glass, author of A House Among the Trees, speaks to me wearing sweaty badminton clothes. Marblehead, Massachusetts, where she lives, operates one of the few remaining private badminton clubs—Gut‘n Feathers—in the United States. “If I have a routine, it’s not writing; it’s playing badminton as often as I can,” she says. Her love of the sport mirrors the ...


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HOT NEW RELEASES
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

This week I’m wishing desperately to be at BEA, but since I can’t manage that, I’m immersing myself in some great reads. You too?

Over the past month, I was lucky enough to get my hands (and ears) on a few new releases from some favorite authors.

If you’ve had the chance to read any of these, I’d ...


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BOOK REVIEW

MY RUSSIAN LOVE by Dan Franck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Chalk up another hit for the formula writers."
Following the success of his debut novel, Separation (1994), a large bestseller in France, Franck has chosen to continue in a similar vein, simply substituting for that story's anguished images of a failing marriage the exquisite, excruciating memories of a perfect first love nipped in the bud. Read full book review >

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SYNDROME E by Franck Thilliez
Released: Aug. 16, 2012

"Having achieved bestseller status in Europe, Thilliez is poised to do the same in the U.S."
In this terrific French thriller, a veteran Paris profiler struggling with paranoid schizophrenia and a lonely female police detective are brought together by a series of gruesome murders that have something to do with an old experimental film containing disturbing subliminal images. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Earnest—but poorly written and tough to digest."
Several years ago, first-time author Franck's brother was convicted of murder. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"An impressive synthesis of historical detail and novelistic atmosphere. (16 pages b&w photos and illustrations, not seen)"
Bestselling French novelist Franck (Separation, 1994, etc.) turns to nonfiction with a thorough and vivid evocation of the City of Light in its heyday as capital of the avant-garde. Read full book review >

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WANGARI MAATHAI by Franck Prévot
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"This slim but emphatic biography stands out among others about Wangari Maathai with its well-crafted treatment of political issues. (Picture book/biography. 7-12)"
Wangari Maathai's biographical details, including, of course, her creation of Kenya's Green Belt Movement, are explicitly linked to feminist and human rights issues during her lifetime in this picture book. Read full book review >

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TOBY GOES BANANAS by Franck Girard
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"The jokes will be new to the target audience, and they will likely want more after they've been released from timeout for acting like Toby. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-10)"
Toby, an 8-year-old white boy, fancies himself quite the comedian…most disagree. Read full book review >