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Top Reviewer Ranking: 303 - Total Helpful Votes: 316 of 409
The Lake Shore Limited by Sue Miller
The Lake Shore Limited by Sue Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Interconnections, May 24 2014
Years after 9/11, Billy Gertz, a playwright deals with her complicated involvement by creating a play about a train wreck. This novel is about her, her play and three other people involved in her life: Rafe, the star of the play; Leslie, Billy's deceased lover's sister; and Sam, a friend of Leslie's. The characters' lives intersect at the opening of Billy's play and continue throughout the novel. Miller builds each character with finesse, deftly bringing the reader into their private struggles. We come to understand them, what motivates them and ultimately find empathy for them in their vulnerability. Well crafted literature.
Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield
Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield
2.0 out of 5 stars An unsavoury fairytale, May 23 2014
While I didn't expect to be bowled over by brilliance like I was with Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tale, I didn't expect to slog through page after page. The first half of the book was somewhat engaging because the characters had some substance despite the fact that the real plot seemed to be to the minutiae of running and improving a textile works. The second half was almost entirely about running a business. There was a feel of a fairytale about it too but I cannot explain why I felt that. Perhaps because the rook at the centre of the tale is symbolic (and somewhat contrived); in fact, much of the tale may be symbolic (e.g. the fabric mill = the fabric of life?) The problem was that the… Read more
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
When I began reading the book, I was confused by the timeline (new incarnations of the same character over and over) and a little miffed; however, I loved the writing style and the characterization. By fifty or so pages, I decided I loved the way it was written, loved the story/stories and could hardly put it down. It is not a time travel story, rather it uses time as an interesting device to tell the story/stories of a family and the wars they experienced, most spectacularly the Blitz of London in World War II. And it is brilliant, absolutely brilliant. But, beware, we don't really get to know Ursula, the main character, until the middle of the book, and even then, there is a distance from… Read more

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