Search Results: "Mark Dunn"


BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Cleverness is the hook with this little fable—those delighting in wordplay will be duly rewarded by seeing language stretched to its limits."
A mostly lighthearted tweaking of literary sensibilities, playwright Dunn's first novel gets good mileage from a simple notion: People can carry hero worship way too far. Read full book review >

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WELCOME TO HIGBY by Mark Dunn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Characters largely conventional, slightly soulful, and just a bit off their nut are the tried-and-true formula of any wacky southern farce, but success here stems also from the delightful way so many lives are seamlessly made utterly interdependent."
The feckless frolics of a Mississippi town fill the pages of Dunn's clever, comical second outing, which romps on the heels of his acclaimed Ella Minnow Pea (2001). Read full book review >

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UNDER THE HARROW by Mark Dunn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Does it last? Readers are left guessing to the very end. This is a lively, thoughtful and beautifully written flight of fancy."
Imagine Plato's Republic as founded by the child of Diderot and Charles Dickens, without the fascism but with plenty of rules: That's Dingley Dell, a place where life is "perpetually shrouded in impenetrable mystery." Read full book review >

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WE FIVE by Mark Dunn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A fire, an earthquake, a bombing, a long-lost brother, some gay and lesbian intrigue, a few near deaths and a few more actual ones: the plot will carry you swiftly through the book, but by the end, it deposits you on shaky ground."
A novel of female friendship and destabilizing romance that spans decades and continents. Read full book review >

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IBID: A LIFE by Mark Dunn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2004

"Humorous, quick like the wind: fiction that peers at an imaginary life never head-on but through a multitude of sideways glances, peeking through fingers and intimating stranger things than can be imagined in the light of day."
Having an extra leg doesn't mean you can't have a full life. Read full book review >

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SARAH DUNN
by Megan Labrise

Somewhere along the line in Lucy and Owen’s marriage, the sex tapered off. The makeup, high heels, and date nights went out the window. The poop wound up on the wall. Again.

“Why is there poop on the wall again?” Sarah Dunn writes in The Arrangement, a big, bawdy comic novel (starred review) set in the fictional Hudson Valley ...


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MARK SUNDEEN
by Megan Labrise

Writing about the simple life proved anything but for immersive journalist Mark Sundeen.

His original manuscript—an unadorned account of three couples who, in varying ways, have opted out of everyday American consumerism—was accepted and revised when he withdrew it from publisher Riverhead Books.

“I had a close friend read it, call me, and say, I stopped reading at page 175 ...


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MARK HELPRIN
by Rhett Morgan

In both his travels and his writing, novelist Mark Helprin purposefully avoids the well-known icons and emblems associated with Paris, opting instead for everyday suburban streets and lesser-known architectural gems like the Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière. “That’s one of the reasons that Paris is so beautiful,” the author of Paris in the Present Tense points out. “They’ve taken such great ...


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WHEN CHAOS REIGNS
by Julie Danielson

As I’ve said many times here at Kirkus, I love to follow picture book imports, and one thing I appreciate about them is the amount of chaos they’re willing to let in. If you live in America and primarily write about picture books from this country, as I do, along comes an import, and it’s often an altogether different beast ...


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BOOK REVIEW

GIRL ON THE VERGE by Pintip Dunn
Released: June 27, 2017

"A thrilling tale with a lot of heart. (Suspense. 14-18)"
How far would you go to fit in? Read full book review >

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DEMOCRACY by John Dunn
NON-FICTION
Released: July 10, 2006

"Essential backstory on the news from Iraq."
A timely and nuanced account of a simple word that has emerged triumphantly from history, crying, "Power to the people!" Read full book review >