Search Results: "Lisa Dillman"


BOOK REVIEW

AUGUST, OCTOBER by Andrés Barba
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"This is a coming-of-age novel that can be captivating and possesses many strengths but an equal—perhaps greater—number of weaknesses."
Fourteen-year-old Tomás' life changes forever while on a beach vacation with his family in award-winning Spanish writer Barba's (Rain Over Madrid, 2014, etc.) newly translated novel. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"A satisfying novel."
Narrated by a savant rescued from a feral existence by a woman who discovers her in the basement of the house she inherits in Mazatlán, Mexico, this is a novel of ideas masquerading as a story about sustainable tuna fishing. Preposterous as that sounds, it's an assured and satisfying debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SCROLL OF SEDUCTION by Gioconda Belli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"An intricate, sexy historical narrative, exploring the triumph of individual will over masculine coercion."
Nicaraguan poet, novelist and memoirist Belli (The Country Under My Skin, 2002, etc.) offers a beguiling feminist take on the frustrated life of a 15th-century Spanish queen. Read full book review >

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SUCH SMALL HANDS by Andrés Barba
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"A darkly evocative work about young girls, grief, and the unsettling, aching need to belong."
A newcomer to an all-girls orphanage invents a violent game for the other children to play each night. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MULE by Juan Eslava Galán
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2008

"Galán's portrait of war's brutality and absurdity echoes both Hemingway and Heller, but he gives the narrative his own cynical and idiosyncratic spin."
A stubborn and engaging army corporal tries to survive the Spanish Civil War in this U.S. debut by a veteran Spanish novelist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ZIG ZAG by Jose Carlos Somoza
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2007

"As in previous novels, Somoza (The Art of Murder, 2006, etc.) tweaks literary conventions and metaphysical matters as much as scientific theories. The suspense and thrills he creates are deliciously intellectual rather than visceral."
A group of scientists try to manipulate time and space, with deadly and far-reaching results. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GAUDI KEY by Esteban Martin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 5, 2008

"Humorless and breathless yet long-winded thriller, drowning in symbology."
The latest addition to the Oh-No-We-Got-Christianity-All-Wrong thriller genre, from a pair of Barcelona natives. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 10, 1990

As in Unholy Matrimony (1986), The French Quarter Killers (1987), and Blood Warning (1989), here again Dillman draws on his personal experiences as a member of the New Orleans homicide squad—this time, producing a hard-hitting, though ultimately less-than-satisfying, account of the 1978 murder of a wealthy Florida anesthesiologist weekending in New Orleans. Read full book review >

BLOG POST

LISA CAREY
by Megan Labrise

The Stolen Child may be set on a fairy-filled Irish island, but it is “Magical realism of the best kind, utterly devoid of whimsy,” according to Kirkus’ starred review.

“My friends loved that quote, ‘utterly devoid of whimsy,’ ” says author Lisa Carey, who was recently abroad in Turkey, where we reached her by phone. “They said that ...


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LISA BUNKER
by Megan Labrise

Some of the best advice Lisa Bunker received for writing a book had nothing to do with writing a book.

“The best advice I ever got for naming a child was ‘use all the names you love,’ ” says Bunker, author of Felix Yz. “By the time the next kid comes along, you’ll love different names—don’t hold one for ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE YOUNGER BROTHER’S SURVIVAL GUIDE by Lisa Kopelke
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

A little brother dispenses general principles and admonitory advice for getting along—or at least even—with a big sister. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HANNAH MAE O’HANNIGAN’S WILD WEST SHOW by Lisa Ernst
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2003

"Hannah Mae's exploit is sure to corral plenty of little dogies with their own dreams of saddling up. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A born cowgirl saves her uncle's ranch from an unusual menace in this cheery oater. Read full book review >