Search Results: "Rachel Joyce"


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PERFECT by Rachel Joyce
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Many of those who loved the author's first novel should at least like her second."
The time is out of joint, as the follow-up to a popular novelistic debut brings a slightly darker edge to its fablelike whimsy. Read full book review >

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THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY by Rachel Joyce
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 24, 2012

"Manipulative but moving, for readers who don't mind having their strings pulled."
Those with the patience to accompany the protagonist on this meandering journey will receive an emotional payoff at the end. Read full book review >

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THE LOVE SONG OF MISS QUEENIE HENNESSY by Rachel Joyce
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"Reading Harold Fry first will allow this deeply emotional novel to resonate more fully."
Joyce (Perfect, 2014, etc.) offers an introspective follow-up to her 2012 breakout debut, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.Read full book review >

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THE MUSIC SHOP by Rachel Joyce
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"From nocturnes to punk, this musical romance is ripe for filming."
Stocking only vinyl in his London music shop, Frank Adair has the ability to select the perfect song to ease each customer's spiritual crisis. Read full book review >

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RACHEL CUSK
by J.W. Bonner

In the beginning is the word—not a person, self, or character. And so it is with the newest work of fiction by Rachel Cusk. Transit, her latest novel, is the middle novel of a trilogy that began with 2015’s Outline. In Transit, after a divorce, the narrator, Faye (whose name, as with so many traditional fiction markers, is largely absent ...


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RACHEL IGNOTOFSKY
by Megan Labrise

August 6, 1926 was a bad day for a swim between England and France: the water was choppy; it started to rain; and the strong current was against Gertrude Ederle, a 19-year-old long-distance swimmer from New York City. Nevertheless, she persisted, becoming the first woman to swim the English Channel and setting a new world record (14 hours, 31 minutes ...


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THE WHALE IN MY SWIMMING POOL by Joyce Wan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"Both very silly and very appealing. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A little boy of pleasingly indeterminate ethnicity goes out to his little backyard inflatable pool to find a whale in it. Read full book review >

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BILLY'S BOOGER by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 2, 2015

"A zippy piece for readers who share Billy's tastes. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A boy funnels enthusiasm for monster movies, outer space, and snot into making a picture book for a school contest. Read full book review >

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THE MAN IN THE MOON by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

"Here's hoping that future installments in this ambitious series will spend less time on back story and more on story line. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A visual feast cannot compensate for lackluster plotting in this first installment of a new mega-series that involves picture books, chapter books and (of course) a movie. Read full book review >

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BENTLY AND EGG by William Joyce
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 28, 1992

"This will never take the place of Dr. Seuss's Horton, but Bently's discovery that watching over the egg makes him care about it provides an interesting contrast to the elephant's more single- minded loyalty. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Bently, an artistic frog, and Kack Kack, a recently widowed duck, are close friends: she takes care of his laundry and admires his drawings; he agrees to watch over her egg when she wants to visit her sister's new ducklings. Read full book review >

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RACHEL HULIN
by Megan Labrise

Fancy a Dangerous Liaisons-styledelicacy? Rachel Hulin’s epistolary debut features some lip-smacking secrets between brother and sister.

“I love epistolary novels,” says Hulin, author of Hey Harry, Hey Matilda. “I always try to think about how to get that voyeuristic voice without letters...but it just feels like you’re not getting in there. I really want to be in ...


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SEEMINGLY SIMPLE
by Leila Roy

There were dolls in a glass-fronted cabinet, dolls perched on a burgundy velvet sofa, and, worst of all, one doll that was about the size of an actual kindergartener propped up in the corner, her arms outstretched, her painted red lips stretched in a wide smile.

I instinctively backed up, and bumped into Ruby.

“Sorry,” I murmured, going to ...


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