Search Results: "Rebecca Frayn"


BOOK REVIEW

DECEPTIONS by Rebecca Frayn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2011

"Annie and Julian's relationship is sharply drawn, but despite a startling revelation, the book's second half lets the reader down with plot loopholes and unanswered questions."
An art consultant recalls how the disappearance of a child wounded the boy's family and destroyed his relationship with the youth's mother. Read full book review >

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MY FATHER'S FORTUNE by Michael Frayn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2011

"A consistently understated, mostly engrossing read."
A British novelist and playwright's memoir about growing up with a near-deaf, roofing-salesman father. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"An inviting introduction to modern cosmology and philosophy with no prerequisites other than the willingness to entertain counterfactuals, imponderables and leaps of faith. Nicely done."
A vade mecum for head-scratchers by the multifaceted Frayn (The Copenhagen Papers, 2001, etc.), whose philosophical concerns are notably many and well attested in his body of work. Read full book review >

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NOW YOU KNOW by Michael Frayn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Frayn seems bent on a single-handed crusade to restore plotting to a central place in the British novel."
What happens when an improbable love affair brings a freedom-of- information lobby under the microscope itself: another melancholy farce by the gifted British playwright (Noises Off, Benefactors) and novelist (The Trick of It, 1990; A Landing on the Sun, 1992). Read full book review >

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SKIOS by Michael Frayn
Released: June 19, 2012

"From this extraordinarily thin plot device of mixed and mistaken identities Frayn spins out a gauzy tale that exhibits more tedium than hilarity."
Frayn the farceur returns here, but the humor is so airy that at times it disappears altogether. Read full book review >

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SPIES by Michael Frayn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2002

"A bit reminiscent of L.P. Hartley's modern classic The Go-Between but, still, an essentially original and very affecting tale."
Bitter memories of the home front during WWII resurface in this muted yet moving tenth novel from popular British author Frayn (The Copenhagen Papers, 2001, etc.) and playwright (Noises Off, etc.). Read full book review >

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MATCHBOX THEATRE by Michael Frayn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"For lovers of classic farce, Monty Python and the wildly diverse British sense of humor."
Tony Award-winning playwright and novelist Frayn (Skios, 2012, etc.) busts out a delectably droll collection of theatrical diversions.Read full book review >

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HEAD-LONG by Michael Frayn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 1999

"Other readers may find it rather more oppressively educational than entertaining. (First printing of 50,000; author tour)"
A formidably learned, unfortunately ponderous comic romp from the British playwright (whose Noises Off is a contemporary classic) and novelist (Now You Know, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

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A LANDING ON THE SUN by Michael Frayn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Whimsically charming to the end, but grave and sweetly sad as well—altogether a very British affair."
Frayn, noted for his waggish plays (Noises Off, Benefactors) as well as his novel, The Trick of It (1990), turns a British civil servant's investigation into an unexplained 15-year-old death into a winsome, whimsical comedy. Read full book review >

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QUEERIES: REBECCA PODOS, AUTHOR OF LIKE WATER
by Karen Schechner, Vice President of Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Reviews

Rebecca Podos’ second YA book, Like Water, stars Vanni Espinoza, a New Mexican high schooler who waits tables at her parents’ restaurant and falls for Leigh, a genderqueer mischief-maker. As they try to figure out their futures, their relationship will have to move beyond breaking and entering and smoking weed if it’s going to last. Our reviewer called Like Water ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE COPENHAGEN PAPERS by Michael Frayn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2001

"Whatever the reality, it adds up to another good yarn from Frayn."
An entertaining, if inconclusive, game of historical cat-and-mouse. Read full book review >

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OUT OF THE WOODS by Rebecca Bond
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 21, 2015

"Awe-inspiring, exquisitely rendered, indeed 'unforgettable.' (author's note) (Picture book. 4-9)"
In 1914, a 4-year-old boy living in Gowganda, Ontario, witnesses a forest fire that forces people and animals into a nearby lake to survive. Read full book review >