Search Results: "Kyria Abrahams"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2009

"As oddly engrossing as repeated slow-motion viewings of an accident in an amusement park."
Replete with all the angst and adolescent passion requisite in a coming-of-age memoir, stand-up comedian Abrahams's debut features a special grabber—the expectation of the impending end of days. Read full book review >

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END OF STORY by Peter Abrahams
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2006

"Truly clever writing about a clever writer turned true detective."
Hip, crisp dialogue and swift prose rife with apt, unflashy literary allusions; a credibly brilliant and likable heroine; an effectively chilling behind-bars mise en scène; and a firecracker plot all add up to a very cool, smart thriller. Read full book review >

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THE CELIBACY OF FELIX GREENSPAN by Lionel Abrahams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 1993

"A disappointing debut."
Rites-of-passage fiction with a difference, from poet and literary journalist Abrahams, who, like his protagonist, was born with cerebral palsy and is a Jewish South African. Read full book review >

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DELUSION by Peter Abrahams
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2008

"The real prize here is DuPree, a brutish innocent who imagines himself as Job and feverishly plans a memoir called Only a Test. Abrahams succeeds in making this deeply wronged man dangerous, pitiable and scary."
The apparent exoneration of a wrongfully convicted killer long after the fact plays havoc with the people who did the convicting—and with the convict as well. Read full book review >

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GIVING TO THE POOR by Peter Abrahams
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2013

"Still, a fast-paced ride that should appeal to both boys and girls. (Thriller. 10-14)"
Robbie Forester, aided by her magic charm and multicultural band of do-gooders, Tut-Tut, Ashanti and Silas, again battles evil developer Sheldon Gunn and his nefarious underlings (Robbie Forester and the Outlaws of Sherwood Street, 2012). Read full book review >

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BEHIND THE CURTAIN by Peter Abrahams
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

"In a literature notoriously light on solid mysteries, Abrahams's second outing for kids stands out as a deliciously plotted, highly satisfying adventure. (Fiction. 10-14)"
All is not well in Echo Falls: Thirteen-year-old amateur sleuth Ingrid Levin-Hill seems to be surrounded by people with secrets. Read full book review >

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THE TUTOR by Peter Abrahams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2002

"The familiar laced with lingering irony."
An insidious tutor affects the lives of a dysfunctional family, in this sharply written psychological suspense. Read full book review >

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LAST OF THE DIXIE HEROES by Peter Abrahams
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2001

"The writing? Charm to spare, a splendid departure for Abrahams, though bloodlusting fans may howl."
Abrahams's tenth suspenser, Crying Wolf (2000), had a drop-off in body count but featured a nostalgic windup phonograph, wonderful Caruso, and old brandy. This time, he takes a welcome dive into southern history Read full book review >

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REALITY CHECK by Peter Abrahams
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"The climax is unexpected and not enormously credible, but it doesn't matter, because by that point readers will be frantically turning pages and fully invested in Abrahams's message of true love conquering all obstacles. (Mystery. 12 & up)"
After his adored ex-girlfriend Clea disappears from her ritzy Vermont boarding school, Cody—a working-class boy who, after a devastating knee injury, went from high-school football star to high-school dropout—travels to Vermont to find her, and becomes embroiled in a dangerous mystery. Read full book review >

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PRIZE STORIES 1989 by William Abrahams
Released: April 20, 1989

The silly feature of the O.Henry's—the awarding of first and second prizes—continues to be silly, this year quite noticeably so since the first prize goes to a hackneyed piece of southern-family-loyalty business by Ernest J. Finney called "Peacocks"; while the second-place finisher—Joyce Carol Oates' "House Hunting," a genuine agoraphobic nightmare—is so much the stronger. Read full book review >

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PRIZE STORIES 1995 by William Abrahams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1995

"A mostly disappointing collection: too many names appear as if by rote, too many of the lesser-knowns are slight or derivative."
The 75th and latest in the O.Henry series: a mixed bag of 21 stories that are mostly familiar trots by such perennials as Updike, Oates, and Gilchrist, but with impressive work from a relative newcomer, Edward J. Delaney. Read full book review >