Search Results: "Maria Flook"


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FIRST PERSON FEMALE by Maria Flook
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"With a bang and a whimper—and a yawn."
"Learning to walk with crutches has an otherworldly component." So writes Flook (Mothers and Lovers, 2014, etc.) in one of the occasional G-rated passages in this lurid but limping memoir. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2003

"A thoughtful, measured tone gives this tale of murder a sense of depth and reach, like a good poem."
Chilling, edgy backgrounder on the high-profile 2002 murder of a fashion journalist. Read full book review >

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YOU HAVE THE WRONG MAN by Maria Flook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 1996

"Deeply flawed—and almost as deeply interesting—work from an ambitious writer who's obviously still finding her material and her voice, and who may yet produce much better fiction."
A frustratingly uneven first collection, by the young author of the novels Family Night (1992) and Open Water (1995). Read full book review >

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FAMILY NIGHT by Maria Flook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Some chilling moments and marvelous writing, but these characters rarely earn either sympathy or a belief in the degree of disturbance they show."
Poet Flook's first novel gets off to a taut, edgy start, but the self-indulgent characters grow tiresome well before the conclusion. Read full book review >

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OPEN WATER by Maria Flook
Released: Jan. 25, 1995

"Some startling scenes and enchanting writing, but Flook's depiction of feeble psyches and unending despair ultimately anesthetizes the reader."
As in Flook's first novel (Family Night, 1993), a dark, strong start lapses into weary complacency as the characters' weaknesses prove insurmountable and addictions to drugs, sex, and loss become their guiding lights. Read full book review >

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MY SISTER LIFE by Maria Flook
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 14, 1998

"Flook's book should sing with pain, but it's strangely flat, if skillfully written—the reflections of her reflections, minus the power of myth."
A retelling of the lives of two sisters, separated as young teenagers when each was caught in an undertow of drugs, prostitution, and mental institutions. Read full book review >

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MOTHERS AND LOVERS by Maria Flook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"While Flook creates memorable moments of fear and guilt, her labored structure and tendency to overexplain undermines the novel's impact."
A professor finds herself embroiled in her new neighbors' sordid family crisis in this novel from Flook, who has previously explored the underbelly of families and communities both in fiction (Lux, 2004, etc.) and nonfiction (Invisible Eden, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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LUX by Maria Flook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2004

"Flook's descriptions can be breathtaking, but the ludicrous plot, maddeningly irrelevant exposition, and unlikable characters leave this one flat."
After Invisible Eden (2003), a true-crime bestseller, Flook returns with a third novel (following Open Water, 1995, etc.): a tale of romance between two year-rounders on Cape Cod. Read full book review >

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Shhhh! by C.K. Flook
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"A frank, sometimes-disturbing debut novel that highlights the darkness that can lurk within picture-perfect families."
A childhood defined by physical and sexual abuse leads to a tumultuous adolescence in Flook's self-described "true-life novel." Read full book review >

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POCKET ROCKS by Sheree Fitch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Well-intentioned but misses the mark. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A boy collects rocks that inspire his imagination while coping with school. Read full book review >

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BLACKBERRY JUICE by Sara Cassidy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A summertime visit to the countryside with people who are fun to share time with. What could be better? (Fiction. 6-10)"
Newly relocated to a run-down seaside farm, brothers (and best friends) Cyrus and Rudy face big changes. Read full book review >

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THE MIDDLE SCHOOL SURVIVAL GUIDE by Arlene Erlbach
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Leave this lying around; curious preteens will pick it up and, perhaps, find information they need. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Here's a manual for middle-aged kids—those children no longer little kids, but not yet teenagers. Read full book review >