Search Results: "Trevor Pye"


BOOK REVIEW

STORIES OF THE WILD WEST GANG by Joy Cowley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Episodic enough to dip in and out, this New Zealand import charms in small bites. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Ten interrelated, longish stories, originally published individually, explore the relationship between only-child Michael's family and his cousins who have moved to town. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 2015

"A brilliant history of the Dark Ages showing the growth and development of science, business, fashion, law, politics and other significant institutions—a joy to read and reread."
Novelist, journalist and historian Pye (The Pieces from Berlin, 2004, etc.) challenges all our notions of the Dark Ages and shows the vast accomplishments completed long before the Renaissance.Read full book review >

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THE DROWNING ROOM by Michael Pye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

Novelist and historian Pye (Maximum City, The Biography of New York, 1992, etc.) transforms the life of a historical 17th-century Dutch woman into a novel of you-are-there realism, though of a more strained psychology. Read full book review >

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TAKING LIVES by Michael Pye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1999

"This is about as good as literary thrillers get. (First printing of 50,000)"
It's a pity Alfred Hitchcock isn't around to direct the inevitable film version of this witty and intricate intercontinental thriller from the acclaimed historian (Maximum City: The Biography of New York, 1993) and fiction writer (The Drowning Room, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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SHARING SEAN by Frances Pye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2004

"Suspense driven primarily by characters' blind spots still makes for a Teflon-slick beach read."
Four London women conspire to share the alliteratively available Sean. Read full book review >

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DREAMS OF THE RED PHOENIX by Virginia Pye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"There's a comparison to Ballard's Empire of the Sun, but this unflinching look at a brutal era in a faraway place shares truth in its own way."
A missionary family is trapped by the invading Imperial Japanese Army in the "hard and disastrous land" that's northern China, 1937. Read full book review >

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THE CHILDREN OF DYNMOUTH by William Trevor
Released: March 1, 1977

"Another illumination from an author only recently recognized here."
In his "unspoilt" English coastal village Trevor has planted the most insidious of bad seeds—an adolescent of a curious, arrested innocence who focuses the ache of the castaway child he was into a terrible revenge. Read full book review >

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GHOSTS AND LIGHTNING by Trevor Byrne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 29, 2009

"Messy, funny, troubled and tragic."
A refugee from Dublin's slums returns home to face the phantoms of his hometown. Read full book review >

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AFTER RAIN by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Dependably brilliant work from one of Chekhov's most accomplished disciples."
A wonderfully affecting new collection of 12 stories by the Anglo-Irish master (Felicia's Journey, 1995, etc.), whose sympathetic portrayals of lonely, betrayed, and self-betraying people are unsurpassed by any of his contemporaries. Read full book review >

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THE NEWS FROM IRELAND by William Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1986

"As always, Trevor, the consummate storyteller, writes with skill and compassion as he scrupulously weighs the press and passions of time and event on restless lives straining after illusions—or held by the potency of an evil never fully understood."
Another Trevor collection of short stories is always good news, and here in these 12 tales (many previously published in The New Yorker), the author again attends to the usually sad, small defeats of victims caught in the consequences of distant searing events, betrayed by their own wrong turns or, worse, simple inadequacy. Read full book review >

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MOUSE'S FIRST NIGHT AT MOONLIGHT SCHOOL by Simon Puttock
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2015

"Unless they are as good at hiding as Mouse, readers will be hard-pressed to apply any lessons learned here in their own lives. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A shy new student uses her best talent to ease into her first night at school. Read full book review >

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SIDELINED by Trevor Kew
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Vicky's endeavors to balance her fledgling romance, soccer aspirations and a changing family structure will resonate with readers. (Fiction. 11 - 14)"
In this action-filled sequel to Trading Goals (2010), Vicky Parker enjoys being a key player on her school's soccer team. Read full book review >