Search Results: "Sarah Dunant"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BIRTH OF VENUS by Sarah Dunant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2004

"No real surprises in the romance department, but the depiction of Florence as Tehran under the Ayatollah is an eye-opener."
British author Dunant (Mapping the Edge, 2001, etc.) weaves everyone's favorite art history moments into a vivid tapestry of life on the Arno during the upheaval of the Renaissance. Read full book review >

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BIRTH MARKS by Sarah Dunant
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 13, 1992

"Thoughtful, tough-minded Hannah compares herself to every detective under the sun but P. D. James's Cordelia Gray, whose fans should welcome her with open arms."
When sometime private eye Hannah Wolfe is hired to track down Carolyn Hamilton, a missing ballet dancer, it doesn't take her long to find discrepancies between Carolyn's innocuous postcards to her guardian and her disappearance from London months ago. Read full book review >

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BLOOD & BEAUTY by Sarah Dunant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 16, 2013

"Dunant's biggest and best work to date, this intelligently readable account of formative events and monster players has Hilary Mantel-era quality best-seller stamped all over it."
The big, bad Borgia dynasty undergoes modern reconsideration in the best-selling British author's epic new biofiction. Read full book review >

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SARAH by Marek Halter
Released: May 4, 2004

"Halter fleshes out the scriptural account with rich and credible portraits of contemporary life and history, even if his narration ('There was a quivering in her belly that had nothing to do with fear or anger') occasionally descends to the level of the bodice-buster."
The prizewinning French author re-creates the story of Abraham and Sarah and the unlikely steps that led to their giving birth to both Judaism and the Jewish people. Read full book review >

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SARAH by J.T. LeRoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"Not exactly a laugh riot, but not as unrelievedly sordid as a plot synopsis might suggest."
Scary, sad, and way, way out there, Leroy's picaresque debut novel follows a young boy through southern truckstops, where "lot lizards" turn tricks for drivers whose tastes run from women to transvestites to boys in jeans. Read full book review >

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IN THE NAME OF THE FAMILY by Sarah Dunant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"Flawed but not without interest—sort of like the Borgias themselves."
Another sojourn with the infamous Borgias from the author of Blood and Beauty (2013). Read full book review >

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SACRED HEARTS by Sarah Dunant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2009

"A disappointing effort from a talented writer."
Another Renaissance novel from Dunant (In the Company of the Courtesan, 2006, etc.), this one focused on convent life. Read full book review >

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IN THE COMPANY OF THE COURTESAN by Sarah Dunant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2006

"Rich, rewarding and wonderfully well-crafted entertainment."
Another tale of Renaissance Italy from Dunant (The Birth of Venus, 2003, etc.), this time replacing the art of painting with the art of seduction. Read full book review >

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FATLANDS by Sarah Dunant
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"If you can sit down to your bacon and eggs the morning after this one, you are incorrigible."
If you knew when you agreed to take an outrageous sum for serving as 14-year-old Mattie Shepherd's chaperon for a day of birthday shopping in London that her absent father was the target of an intensive campaign of threatening letters, what precautions would you take? Read full book review >

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MAPPING THE EDGE by Sarah Dunant
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 23, 2001

"And surely there's never been a more penetrating look throughout the suspense field at the ramifications of parenting for a gay man, a career-obsessed woman, or a single mother—nor a more trenchant study of one's core identity and needs."
Why would a woman leave a child she adored in the care of a housekeeper and not return, not even call, unless something dreadful had happened to her? Read full book review >

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TRANSGRESSIONS by Sarah Dunant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1998

"An unsettling, often chilling, portrait of a compulsive predator and the woman who refuses to be his prey."
A London Czech translator threatened by a rapist goes after her tormentor with a vengeance—in this straight-suspense holiday from Dunant's Hannah Wolfe detective stories (Under My Skin, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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UNDER MY SKIN by Sarah Dunant
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Under the nervous glow of Hannah's flippant speaking voice, and behind the somewhat ungainly mystery she's asked to solve, lies the steady, lacerating force of an insight into the beauty industry that's as surgically precise as the Pygmalion's touch of Maurice Marchant."