Search Results: "Penelope Fitzgerald"


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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 BLUE FLOWER by Penelope Fitzgerald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1997

"A historical novel that's touching, funny, unflinchingly tragic, and at the same time uncompromising in its accuracy, learning and detail: a book that brings its subject entirely alive, almost nothing seeming beyond its grasp."
The German poet Novalis (1772-1801) was really Friedrich Leopold von Hardenberg and Fitzgerald (The Gates of Angels, 1992; Offshore, 1987, etc.) here re-creates him, his family, his doomed young lover Sophie von Kühn, and Sophie's huge family—not to mention the era all of them lived in—in the most human-sized and yet intellectually capacious narrative a reader could wish for. Read full book review >

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THE AFTERLIFE by Penelope Fitzgerald
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 15, 2003

"Her sidelong journeys through the stalls and stacks, pointing out treasures and private passions, will delight those Virginia Woolf honored with the designation 'the common reader,' who are, of course, none-too-common these days."
Though Fitzgerald, who died in 2000, was surely a writer for her time, the English novelist and essayist (The Means of Escape, 2000, etc.) seemed most at home wandering through libraries devoted to late Victorian and Edwardian writers, many now forgotten. 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 >

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THICKER THAN WATER by Penelope Farmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1993

"Unusually rich and involving. (Fiction. 10-15)"
In a subtle exploration of loss, grief, and family ties, Farmer (Charlotte Sometimes, 1969, etc.) incorporates an uneasy ghost yearning for decent burial into an orphaned boy's difficulties adapting to a new home. Read full book review >

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THE PURPLE SWAMP HEN AND OTHER STORIES by Penelope Lively
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"A treasure trove of fictional gems."
How well do we ever know another person? That's the leitmotif of this witty but piercing new collection by Man Booker winner Lively (Dancing Fish and Ammonites, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >

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FAMILY ALBUM by Penelope Lively
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 2009

"Cool, anticlimactic storytelling, lacking the Booker Prize-winning author's customary delicacy and depth."
Lively (Consequences, 2007, etc.) anatomizes a sprawling but not especially enthralling middle-class clan. Read full book review >

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PACK OF CARDS: Stories: 1978-1986 by Penelope Lively
Released: March 11, 1986

Though Lively (Moon Tiger; Perfect Happiness) can be satirical, even wicked, these 36 stories (two earlier collections from England plus assorted recent stories, some published in US magazines) are mostly gentle, affectionate portraits of English men and women who muddle through. Read full book review >

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DANCING FISH AND AMMONITES by Penelope Lively
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"Readers will share her relief that dementia has not made an appearance. Although they will long for her next novel, few will regret that she has taken time off to write this unsentimental, occasionally poignant meditation on a long life, mostly well spent."
An insightful book of self-reflection from the acclaimed novelist—"not quite a memoir," she writes, but "the view from old age." Read full book review >

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YUM! YUM!! by Joanne Fitzgerald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2007

"The clever way the rhymes are tied together makes this collection stand out above the rest—'Yum, yum,' indeed. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Classic nursery rhymes with food themes are the focus of this delightful compilation. Read full book review >