Search Results: "Susanna Hofmann McShea"


BOOK REVIEW

LADYBUG, LADYBUG by Susanna Hofmann McShea
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 20, 1994

"But the tender, searing dialogue between these two unlikely leads opens up scars and vistas that are well worth the price of admission."
The Hometown Heroes of Raven's Wing, Conn.—wealthy old Mildred Bennett, her doctor lover Trevor Bradford, retired police chief Forrest Haggarty, and nutty nurse-turned-housekeeper Irene Purdy (The Pumpkin-Shell Wife, 1992, etc.)—find themselves upstate in aptly named Coldwater after their neighbor Louise Cannivan receives a phone call telling her that her son Kevin's erotic asphyxia was really murder. Read full book review >

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THE PUMPKIN-SHELL WIFE by Susanna Hofmann McShea
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 18, 1992

"Too many eyewitnesses to Esther's debauchery die; too many husbands can't keep their hands to themselves; and there are far too many arguments and crotchety pronouncements among the oldsters, who seem to have misplaced most of their charm and manners."
The four sprightly geriatrics from Hometown Heroes (1990) return—a little tetchier and less engaging—to wonder why staid Raven's Wing, Connecticut, matron Esther Maine died in a sleazy New York City hot-sheets hotel, tarted up like a whore and leaving behind some gushy romantic poetry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE KEY TO SUSANNA by Hilary Norman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 1996

"A page-turner—and a preposterous jaw-dropper."
A skillful Danielle Steel clone, filled with tragedy, crabmeat omelets, and momentous nights at the London Ritz. Read full book review >

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A JEWISH MOTHER FROM BERLIN and SUSANNA by Gertrud Kolmar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1997

"Still, their undeniable fascination and power are, sadly, no more then documentary."
A Jewish Mother From Berlin and Susanna ($22.00; May 1997; 225 pp.; 0-8419-1345-5): A short novel and a long story written, respectively, in 1931 and 1940 by a highly praised German Jewish poet who died at Auschwitz in 1943, first published only in 1978. ``A Jewish Mother from Berlin'' describes in harrowing and sometimes operatic detail the despairing madness that overtakes a grieving widow who searches throughout 1920s Berlin for the rapist who had attacked her four-year-old daughter. ``Susanna,'' set in approximately the same period, traces the rapid personality dissolution of an orphaned girl who can't be dissuaded from sacrificing her life to an imagined grand passion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LICHTENBERG AND THE LITTLE FLOWER GIRL by Gert Hofmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2004

"Brimful with love, nature, energy, and intellect: history proved on the pulse and expressed through the heart. A treasure."
Hoffman died in 1993, and his last novel (following The Film Explainer, published here in 1996), translated again by his own son, is a quietly powerful masterpiece of human charm that manages to capture the very essence of the Enlightenment in Germany. Read full book review >

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ICE IN THE JUNGLE by Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Comforting to the littlest of ones who find themselves in a change of surroundings. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A tiny polar bear must learn how to cope after moving. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Highlights an interesting aspect of the world's smallest sovereign entity."
Former New York Times Rome bureau chief Hofmann (Umbria, 1999, etc.) portrays influential women in the papacy's history, culture, and work force. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 1999

"Still, highly recommended."
A charming and delightful, yet flawed, excursion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE AGE OF THE HORSE by Susanna Forrest
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"The prose sometimes plods like a Clydesdale, but overall, the narrative is quite good, making a worthy addition to the equestrian library."
An encyclopedic account of horses and those who love them, put them to work, and eat them. Read full book review >

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THE SHADOWY HORSES by Susanna Kearsley
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Despite a rather abrupt resolution to the central mystery, Kearsley's tale is lush with romantic and ghostly threads."
Why is the ghost of a 2nd-century Roman sentinel guarding an archaeological site? And why is he following Verity Grey? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILD OF ALL NATIONS by Irmgard Keun
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Poignant, especially for contemporary readers who know that far greater horrors were still to come."
An utterly compelling look at pre-World War II Germany, first published in 1938 and available in English for the first time. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ON A DAY LIKE THIS by Peter Stamm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2008

"Andreas's condition does not seem authentic in this mannered treatment."
The Swiss author (stories: In Strange Gardens, 2006, etc.) examines a barren life in his latest novel. Read full book review >