Search Results: "Karen Emmerich"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FEW THINGS I KNOW ABOUT GLAFKOS THRASSAKIS by Vassilis Vassilikos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"In the tradition of A.J.A. Symons's Quest for Corvo, a brilliant tale of witty and sophisticated fun. Long established as a classic of contemporary Greek fiction, it deserves a wide audience here, too."
First English translation of a 1978 novel by the eminent Greek author (of Z, 1968, among others), this time an account of a biographer setting out to piece together a coherent study of a celebrated and mysterious writer. Read full book review >

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THE SLEEPWALKER by Margarita Karapanou
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"An absurdist tour de force about lost souls and a lost deity by a criminally neglected Greek novelist."
On a Greek island where writers and painters gather, a new messiah sent down by a bored and bitterly disappointed God introduces mayhem to set straight the "small and ridiculous" beings who put pleasure and beauty above Law. Read full book review >

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THE SCAPEGOAT by Sophia Nikolaidou
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"More context would have helped international readers understand the Greek civil war and the country's education system; without it, it's harder to appreciate this carefully orchestrated tale of political expediency."
Modeled on a real-life unsolved mystery, this is a complex story in which murder and politics in postwar Greece resurface to change the life of a bright teenage boy who's been going off the rails. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING WILL HAPPEN, YOU'LL SEE by Christos Ikonomou
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016

"The protagonist of one story, driven to the brink of madness by a friend's shocking workplace death, wants 'to write something that would express unspeakable rage and hatred and love and despair all at once.' Such sentiments could be the writer's own."
A collection of soul-grindingly bleak stories with the barest glimmers of human resilience. Read full book review >

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I’D LIKE by Amanda Michalopoulou
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2008

"Some interesting techniques, but the result reads more like a writing exercise than a finished product."
An overly cerebral series of linked stories set in contemporary Greece that chronicles a family's relationship over a lifetime. Read full book review >

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WHY I KILLED MY BEST FRIEND by Amanda Michalopoulou
Released: May 20, 2014

"A spare but affecting novel about love and war during the restless decades."
Two girls, entranced with each other and hopelessly intertwined, grow up in the political chaos of Greece. Read full book review >

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KAREN ENGLISH
by Megan Labrise

The inspiration for Coretta Scott King Honor Award winner Karen English’s latest middle grade novel all comes down to one unforgettable quote.

“We had a housekeeper,” says English, who was born in 1954 and grew up in Los Angeles, “and she pulled me aside one day, when I was about nine, and told me that, if I ever went ...


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BOOK REVIEW

MANAZURU by Hiromi Kawakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Evocative, original exploration of grief—more of a journey than a destination, with plot almost beside the point."
In this debut novel from Japanese writer Kawakami, a Tokyo woman coping with the mysterious loss of her husband finds herself suddenly drawn to a small fishing village. Read full book review >

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AMRITA by Banana Yoshimoto
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1997

"Yoshimoto tries hard to be deep here but flounders in the shallows. (First printing of 50,000; $75,000 ad/promo)"
Popular Japanese writer Yoshimoto (Lizard, 1994, etc.) abandons her usual edgy hip minimalism for a maudlin and pretentious take on death and the meaning of life as she tells the story of a young woman's search for redemption. Read full book review >

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DANDELIONS by Yasunari Kawabata
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"World literature lost a fine voice with Kawabata's death, to which this elegantly puzzling work stands as testimonial."
Pensive last novel by Kawabata, unfinished at the time of the author's 1972 suicide but still capable of standing on its own. Read full book review >

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THE LAKE by Banana Yoshimoto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2011

"At one point the narrator feels like she is 'inhabiting someone else's dream,' which is the sort of effect the reader might experience as well."
The simplicity of this elliptical novel's form and expression belies its emotional depth. Read full book review >

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THE HUNTING GUN by Yasushi Inoue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"This slight but elegant and moving novella is a lovely introduction to a prolific Japanese writer (1907-1991) largely unknown in the West."
Inoue's first book, published in Japan in 1949, recounts a tragic love triangle from the different perspectives of those affected. Read full book review >