Search Results: "Michèle Roberts"


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READER, I MARRIED HIM by Michèle Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2006

"Junk food for spiritually oriented intellectuals."
Echoes of Brontë and du Maurier reverberate in this black comedy from prolific Franco-British novelist Roberts (The Mistressclass, 2003, etc.) about a thrice-widowed British woman visiting Italy. Read full book review >

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THE WALWORTH BEAUTY by Michèle Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Roberts' intense technique can sometimes overwhelm her storytelling, but this evocative tale of place, survival, and contact has a lingering impact."
Ghosts, echoes, and the life force of London connect two characters—a Victorian investigator approaching a personal crisis and a modern-day academic forced into early retirement who's remaking herself, single and free. Read full book review >

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THE LOOKING GLASS by Michèle Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2001

"Nevertheless, a vividly imagined story that keeps nagging away at the corners of your mind. The Looking Glass is well worth peering into."
With wry wit and understated compassion, French-British author Roberts (Impossible Saints, 1998, etc.) studies the ironies of loving—and of truly knowing the hearts and minds of those whom one loves. Read full book review >

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THE MISTRESSCLASS by Michèle Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 2003

"Written with care and real affection for its characters, fictional and historical."
Though half-French, Roberts offers a distinctly British fiction—stoically understated and as concerned with passion for literature as with passion for people—about two sisters competing for one man's love. Read full book review >

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DAUGHTERS OF THE HOUSE by Michèle Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 24, 1993

"Breathless and sinister but frustratingly opaque: the power of Roberts's novel lies in what remains unsaid."
A 1992 Booker Prize finalist, this gothic sixth novel by a London author, poet, and playwright (The Visitation—not reviewed) plumbs the dark secrets left in a villa in Normandy by the Nazi officers who were once billeted there. Read full book review >

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IMPOSSIBLE SAINTS by Michèle Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 1998

"The Vatican will not be amused."
A curious and unaccountably redundant seventh novel from the English-French author of, most recently, the prize-winning Daughters of the House (1993). Read full book review >

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THE SECRET GOSPEL OF MARY MAGDALENE by Michèle Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Passionate, sensual, politically fervent and oddly compelling."
A controversial early novel by a noted British writer, published in the U.S. for the first time, imagines a fifth and feminist gospel, written by Jesus' lover, Mary Magdalene. Read full book review >

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BIRTHRIGHT by Michèle Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Improbable plot is kept humming smoothly by Roberts (Midnight Bayou, 2001, etc.), whose fans oughta love it."
Archaeologist finds a lost tribe: hers. Read full book review >

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IGNORANCE by Michèle Roberts
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"A worthy novel unusual for its tough-minded, unsparing story and the restrained method of its telling."
This is a taut, unsentimental story of poverty and prejudice: two girls, one Catholic and the other a convert, grow up in a small town in Catholic France in the period before World War II. The war divides them from each other and their values. Read full book review >

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THE PIANIST IN THE DARK by Michèle Halberstadt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 13, 2011

"A sharp, lyrical fable, perhaps a little too pat and Aesopian at times but poignant and plainspoken."
In late-18th-century Vienna, blind piano virtuosa Maria-Theresia Von Paradis meets the now-legendary Dr. Franz-Anton Mesmer, who seems to promise a cure for her blindness, her innocence and her state of dependency upon autocratic parents. Of course, cures have costs. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 2008

"A unique contribution to war literature."
A collective biography of five shell-shocked veterans of trench warfare. Read full book review >

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JETLAG by Michèle Nayman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"Except for some early descriptions of Hong Kong, Nayman seems content to let the readers do the imaginative work—not very good strategy when most of your book takes place in airport lounges."
An uninspired and underwritten debut novel about a young career woman seduced by the flashy workaholism of the 1980's. Read full book review >