Search Results: "Valerie Martin"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GHOST OF THE <i>MARY CELESTE</i> by Valerie Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Martin has wound the disparate threads of her novel into a haunting personal drama."
Martin (The Confessions of Edward Day, 2009, etc.) offers a complex, imaginative version of historical fiction, playing literary hide-and-seek with the unsolved mystery surrounding an American cargo vessel found abandoned in the Azores in 1872. Read full book review >

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THE CONFESSIONS OF EDWARD DAY by Valerie Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2009

"Occasional sharp insights, but the book is not as strong as some of Martin's previous efforts."
Actors have difficulty distinguishing performance from life in Martin's latest (Trespass, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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ITALIAN FEVER by Valerie Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1999

"Not Martin's most original work, therefore, but one of her most accomplished. (First printing of 50,000)"
The awakening (in more senses than one) of an American woman in Italy is the familiar subject of this stylish though overattenuated sixth novel from the author of such inventive fictions as Mary Reilly (1990) and The Great Divorce (1994). Read full book review >

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SEA LOVERS by Valerie Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Varied, engaging, and often shocking."
A career-spanning collection of short stories that illustrates the writer's preoccupation with animals, artists, and the fantastical. Read full book review >

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PROPERTY by Valerie Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 18, 2003

"A nimble, enlightening and horrific story about the morally corrosive effects of slavery and one childish soul, locked in a cycle of permanent bitterness."
A slave rebellion is about to erupt, and all one woman can think about is her failing marriage. Read full book review >

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TRESPASS by Valerie Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2007

"A brilliant must-read from Martin (The Unfinished Novel and Other Stories, 2006, etc.), who captures the zeitgeist of contemporary America within a deeply personal context."
What seems at first a tightly focused domestic drama about a middle-aged couple's reaction to their son's new girlfriend broadens onto a large socio-political canvas as liberal values run smack into fear of foreign invasiveness. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT DIVORCE by Valerie Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 1994

"Though it lacks the high concept of Mary Reilly—the cat woman is no match for Jekyll and Hyde's maid—Martin's novel gathers a quietly, painfully gripping force."
Martin's first novel since Mary Reilly (1990) masterfully weaves together three tales about the great divorce between two women— separated by 150 years—and their husbands, and between the human species and the rest of nature. Read full book review >

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SALVATION by Valerie Martin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2001

"Martin observes that she is not a Catholic or particularly religious, not a scholar of medieval Italy, 'not even a man.' Nevertheless, her nuanced, thoughtful portrait of the medieval Italian reformer, so torn between manhood and sainthood, will be of great appeal to many."
Literate, sympathetic vignettes from the life of St. Francis of Assisi. Read full book review >

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CATS ALOFT by Lisa Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Feline aficionados may love the cat characters, but the 'mystery' won't leave them purring. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
Cat brothers Anton and Cecil are on the road again…or above it, as the case may be. Read full book review >

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MARTIN WILSON
by Megan Labrise

YA author Martin Wilson’s sophomore novel has a gut-punch premise: One hot day in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, an 11-year-old boy takes off on his bike and vanishes. Three years later, he returns, gravely changed.

“I’m trying to write stories that are honest and emotionally powerful,” says Wilson, author of We Now Return to Regular Life, based on a true story ...


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MY CHILDREN'S BOOK GHOST FILE
by Julie Danielson

Over at NPR last week, I heard a pop culture critic talk (here) about what he calls his Ghost File, or the books, television shows, and movies he didn’t review during the year. “[I]t's the great frustration,” he said, “that every year I'm haunted by all the terrific things I haven't talked about … ...


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BOOK REVIEW

MORDANT'S WISH by Valerie Coursen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Those old enough to know the meaning of Mordant's name may wonder if his wish for a friend is, after all, mere sarcasm. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Mordant the Mole wishes for a friend and gets one in this greeting-card-pretty picture book. Read full book review >