Search Results: "Madeleine Wickham"


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THE GATECRASHER by Madeleine Wickham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2007

Fleur Daxeny has an ingratiating manner, a madonna's face, and a closet full of black designer suits—all of them weapons in her ceaseless effort to keep the wolf, and honest labor, from the door. Read full book review >

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THE GATECRASHER by Madeleine Wickham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 9, 2000

Fleur Daxeny has an ingratiating manner, a madonna's face, and a closet full of black designer suits—all of them weapons in her ceaseless effort to keep the wolf, and honest labor, from the door. Read full book review >

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SWIMMING POOL SUNDAY by Madeleine Wickham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1998

"As before, Wickham is adept at creating a random mix of likable people, but the lack of substance and depth here makes it more guilty pleasure than literary treasure."
Once again, Wickham (A Desirable Residence, 1997, etc.) uses a favorite, and sometimes effective, formula: throw a large group of people together and see what mischief comes. Read full book review >

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THE WEDDING GIRL by Madeleine Wickham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2009

"Wickham (Sleeping Arrangements, 2008, etc.) shines again."
A young British woman's storybook wedding to a rich man's son is jeopardized by a long-buried secret. Read full book review >

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COCKTAILS FOR THREE by Madeleine Wickham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"Succeeds when it's silly, fails when it attempts dramatic weight."
Deliciously funny, if uneven sixth novel by Wickham (The Gatecrasher, 2000, etc.) follows three young British career women, just girlfriends at heart, as they bond, break-up, and come happily together again through tumultuous life changes. Read full book review >

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A DESIRABLE RESIDENCE by Madeleine Wickham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"All in all, Wickham, though an observant and engaging storyteller, delivers a novel too melodramatic and lightweight to be particularly memorable."
Though it sours a bit by the end, this British novel of manners and mores from the author of The Tennis Party (p. 172) charms with its easy pace and likable characters. Read full book review >

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THE TENNIS PARTY by Madeleine Wickham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1996

"Despite its contrivances, this featherweight comedy delivers a decided satisfaction: pleasingly humiliating comeuppances for all its odious characters."
A young English writer's debut assembles a nasty gang of upwardly mobile friends at a houseparty in the British countryside- -and lets them at one another's throats over tennis and cocktails. Read full book review >

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INSIDE MADELEINE by Paula Bomer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"Bitter little pills about the world through the eyes of disillusioned girls."
More gut-wrenching stories about the awkward, hurtful lives of girls from transgressive storyteller Bomer (Nine Months, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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MADELEINE IS SLEEPING by Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Bynum is undoubtedly gifted with language and well-versed in literary allusion, but her first is almost unreadable and frankly sleep-inducing."
A self-consciously exquisite first novel, written in one-page (sometimes one-sentence) chapters, about the difference between a young French girl's dreams and her real life. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Though readers may not understand L'Engle the human being any better than they did before, they will certainly come away with a greater appreciation for the way she grappled with her life and wrestled it into narrative."
A multifaceted portrait of the complicated writer who won the 1963 Newbery Medal for A Wrinkle in Time. Read full book review >