Search Results: "Penelope Evans"


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THE LAST GIRL by Penelope Evans
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 1996

"Ruth Rendell can retire secure in knowing she's passed the torch."
A British first novel that opens a claustrophobically creepy window into the mind of a madman as plausible as John Fowles's Collector. Read full book review >

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FREEZING by Penelope Evans
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1998

"Maybe, but meanwhile Evans uses every word of her novel to immerse its mousy hero more deeply into his death-in-life."
A lonely morgue photographer's fixation on a late client unleashes madness and violence. Read full book review >

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FIRST FRUITS by Penelope Evans
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2000

"A wonderfully creepy dose for people who look back on their childhood with uncritical nostalgia."
The hothouse world—rife with endless conflicts, envy, one-upmanship, and hidden secrets—of an Edinburgh teenager's monstrous minutiae. Read full book review >

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ALICE IN TIME by Penelope Bush
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2011

"Immensely satisfying for readers just realizing the power to make their own choices. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
Alice is aware that everything has been going downhill since her younger brother was born, her mother suffered from severe postpartum depression, her grandmother died and her father left. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"The material's richness of detail rises in direct proportion to the availability of autobiographical sources. (bibliographies, index) (Biography. 10-14)"
From the World Writers series comes this serviceable collection of short biographies of award-winning children's book authors: Beverly Cleary, Roald Dahl, Madeleine L'Engle, Betsy Byars, Virginia Hamilton, Walter Dean Myers, Gary Paulsen, Jean Little, Richard Peck, and Katherine Paterson. Read full book review >

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PENELOPE by Penelope Farmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1996

"In Farmer's capable hands, it's still a compelling read, even if all the parts don't hold together. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Farmer (Thicker than Water, 1993, etc.) produces a smoothly written family drama with supernatural elements that only partly mesh. Read full book review >

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MAKING IT UP by Penelope Lively
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2005

"Lively's ability to reveal character sharply and instantaneously makes this an unalloyed pleasure."
This collection of eight short semi-fictional works demonstrates the effortlessly transparent style that has won English novelist Lively (The Photograph, 2003, etc.) both a Booker Prize and an appreciative international audience. Read full book review >

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THE OUTSIDER by Penelope Williamson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1996

"As romance readers say: a keeper."
Williamson's second hardcover (after Heart of the West, 1995) is a winner for lovers of western historical romance. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"A bonbon for fans but a legacy better served by more substantive journalism."
Journalist and critic Rowlands (Paris Was Ours, 2011, etc.) delivers a collection of light-as-a-feather remembrances of the Beatles' British invasion. Read full book review >

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THE MEANS OF ESCAPE by Penelope Fitzgerald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 19, 2000

"Everything that Fitzgerald touches here, large or small, turns quietly to gold."
From the late, illustrious Fitzgerald (The Blue Flower, The Bookshop, both 1997, etc.), a volume of stories that will disappoint the great novelist's readers only by the fact of its being so slender. Read full book review >

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THE BOOKSHOP by Penelope Fitzgerald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Pitch-perfect in every tone, note, and detail: unflinching, humane, and wonderful."
On the heels of The Blue Flower (1997), here's a slighter, equally charming, half as deep little novel—about snobbery and meanness in the provinces—that the immensely gifted Fitzgerald published in England in 1978. Read full book review >

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THE GATE OF ANGELS by Penelope Fitzgerald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A not-too-serious postmodern and feminine riposte to collegiate misogyny and some of E.M. Forster."
The entertaining latest from Fitzgerald (The Beginning of Spring, 1989, etc.)—as much a story of love in Edwardian England as a gentle but witty sendup of the genre and the age. Read full book review >