Search Results: "Sheila Kohler"


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CRACKS by Sheila Kohler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"First-rate psychological suspense, in the tradition of The Children's Hour, played out flawlessly and well by a real master of narrative."
A school reunion brings back a lot more than happy memories of adolescence, in Kohler's (The House on R Street, 1994, etc.) eerie, elliptical masterpiece set in a South African boarding school in the early 1960s. Read full book review >

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ONCE WE WERE SISTERS by Sheila Kohler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"In spare, delicate prose, Kohler brings a seasoned novelist's skills to this deeply moving, compelling memoir."
Novelist Kohler (Dreaming for Freud, 2014, etc.) reflects on her beloved older sister, Maxine, who was tragically killed in a car accident at the age of 39. Read full book review >

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THE PERFECT PLACE by Sheila Kohler
Released: March 19, 1989

A languid, sinuously experimental first novel whose convalescent narrator drifts from one incident and memory to another, unveiling a feckless heart stained by murder. Read full book review >

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DREAMING FOR FREUD by Sheila Kohler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 2014

"As both the patient's and the doctor's vulnerabilities are exposed, the very nature of a person's 'story' is called into question."
Kohler's (Bay of Foxes, 2012, etc.) new novel fictionalizes the story of Dora, one of Freud's earliest and most memorable patients. Read full book review >

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CROSSWAYS by Sheila Kohler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2004

"Subtle and sharp, a marvelous portrait of the inner lives of two people trapped in an alien world they'd supposed to be their home."
Psychological thriller from Kohler, author of four previous novels and three story collections (Stories From Another World, 2003, etc.), about a family whose recent misfortunes may have been acts of crime rather than tragedy. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN OF PITHIVIERS by Sheila Kohler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Romantic-suspense fiction, however worthy Kohler's aims, that isn't strong enough to support its weighty objective."
With only medium success, the children's concentration camp at Pithiviers is the inspiration for this indictment of French collaboration with the Germans in WWII. Read full book review >

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STORIES FROM ANOTHER WORLD by Sheila Kohler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2003

"Razor-sharp and as caustic as acid, Kohler's portraits of the vanity of human wishes could strip the paint off a barn."
A dozen stories by South African-born Kohler (Children of Pithiviers, 2001, etc.), set in a variety of locales from Europe to America to South Africa. Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE ON R. STREET by Sheila Kohler
Released: April 3, 1994

"You may not even want them, for Kohler's writing is never quite good enough to pique the reader's curiosity about Bill and her family."
A wispy mood piece centered on a creepy girl's sexual awakening; a second novel, it's quite as languid as the author's first (The Perfect Place, 1989). Read full book review >

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BECOMING JANE EYRE by Sheila Kohler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"A beautiful complement to Brontë's masterpiece."
Kohler (Bluebird, or the Invention of Happiness, 2007, etc.) crafts a character from the creator of one of English literature's most vital protagonists. Read full book review >

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LOVE CHILD by Sheila Kohler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2011

"Lonely women in hushed bedrooms form the dominant image in a disjointed work that, aside from that brief elopement, is also passionless."
Old family scandals are revisited by a South African woman in this seventh novel from the expatriate South African writer (Bluebird, or The Invention of Happiness, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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NO SURRENDER SOLDIER by Christine Kohler
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 18, 2014

"An unusual, resonant debut. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Some serious moral choices confront a 15-year old Chamorro boy on Guam when he discovers a Japanese soldier still in hiding almost 30 years after World War II. Read full book review >