Search Results: "Zoë Wicomb"


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PLAYING IN THE LIGHT by Zoë  Wicomb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2006

"Stylistically nuanced and psychologically astute, this tight, dense novel gives complex history a human face."
Uninvited but unavoidable, the ghosts of politics past haunt the living in this deep and subtle novel about the wary interracial relationship of two Capetown women. Read full book review >

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OCTOBER by Zoë  Wicomb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014

"A carefully crafted, if at times overly austere, study of home and loss."
A heartsick academic heads from Scotland to her native South Africa to help repair her brother's broken family—and somberly, slowly muse on her past. Read full book review >

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DAVID’S STORY by Zoë  Wicomb
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 15, 2001

"A provocative post-apartheid novel that raises troubling questions about the role of women, Coloreds, and other non-African minorities in the new South Africa."
The publisher's latest entry in the Women Writing Africa series: a postmodern tale of the new South Africa that brings a rich sense of allusion, irony, and the past to the dangers the hero, a Griqua descendant of the original Khoi inhabitants, faces when he finds his life threatened in an increasingly African nationalist milieu. Read full book review >

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THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY by Zoë  Wicomb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2009

"Writing fiction connecting Scotland and South Africa presents a challenge, but Wicomb makes both worlds her own."
Elliptical stories about the complexities of race, class, gender, generation and geography. Read full book review >

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DARKNESS HIDDEN by Zoë Marriott
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Save this action-packed but derivative adventure for die-hard shonen manga buffs. (Urban fantasy. 13-16)"
The Underworld makes another bid for control of Mio's mystical sword. Read full book review >

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DAUGHTER OF THE FLAMES by Zoë Marriott
FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

A tantalizing prologue settles into satisfactory adventure, dampened by excessive description. Read full book review >

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DRAWING IN THE DUST by Zoë Klein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2009

"Flawed but lively."
Love-crazed 2,500-year-old ghosts prompt a discovery that shakes biblical scholarship to its foundations in Rabbi Klein's far-fetched but zesty debut. Read full book review >

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THE POLLEN ROOM by Zoë Jenny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 1999

"The result, though, is no more moving than a long pout, like living for 160 pages with a teenager who knows nothing and insists on telling you all of it."
Said to be a grand success in Europe, 24-year-old Jenny's novel, to a reader this side of the Atlantic, seems to be made mainly of youthful airs and posturings. Read full book review >

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EVERYTHING YOU KNOW by Zoë Heller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2000

"Willy's caustic, witty voice (cockroaches walk around —like ambulatory patent leather handbags—) keeps his mournful tale sturdily on course and safely protected from the maudlin."
Heller's first is a smart take on hoary subjects—Jewish deracination, the moral vileness of Hollywood—that nevertheless offers real pleasures and marks the writer as one to watch. Read full book review >

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THE SWAN KINGDOM by Zoë Marriott
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"However, abundant visual details create richly evocative settings, and emotional connection is clear and tender, both between siblings and between Alexandra and an adoring young stranger. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Marriott offers a romantic expansion of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Wild Swans." Read full book review >

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AFTER YUGOSLAVIA by Zoë Brân
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Complex, full of conflicting voices, and often extraordinarily beautiful: an outstanding travel memoir."
Thoughtful travels in the war-torn landscapes of the former Yugoslavia. Read full book review >

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WHAT WAS SHE THINKING? by Zoë Heller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Unbelievable yet compelling: it's almost as if Heller tried for a salacious potboiler and ended up—her talent refusing not to intrude—with a portrait that remains indelible. Watch for her next, whatever it may be."
After Everything You Know (2000) comes the tale of a London art teacher, married with children, who has an affair with a student of 15. Read full book review >