All posts tagged “novels

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The Price of Salt

I just finished reading Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 masterpiece, The Price of Salt. How is it I failed to read this before now? Highsmith initially published this same-sex love story as Claire Morgan, then republished it many years later under her own name, but with the… Read More

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Beginning the Ripliad

I’m not sure how, in close to 58 years on the planet, I failed to read any of Patricia Highsmith’s novels. Recently we watched the Wim Wenders film, The American Friend, based on Highsmith’s Ripley’s Game, and we loved it. Soon after, we watched the… Read More

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The Refugees

I started reading The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen on the plane on the way to Viet Nam and read a couple of the stories in the book while we were traveling. I put it aside when we got back and didn’t do any reading… Read More

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Sourdough by Robin Sloan

Over the weekend, I gobbled up Robin Sloan’s new novel, Sourdough. The narrator is a woman who creates program code for robot arms. She orders soup and sandwiches daily from a restaurant with no address, and when the owners, who come from an exotic and… Read More

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Running by Cara Hoffman

I just finished reading an excellent novel called Running, written by Cara Hoffman. The novel is set in Athens in the 80s where Bridey and a couple she befriends, Milo and Jasper (all in their late teens), are sharing a room in a shitty hotel… Read More

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The Bird Tribunal

Agnes Ravatn’s 2013 novel, The Bird Tribunal, is driven by the psychological tension between the two protagonists. It isn’t so much about what happens in the novel as it is about what the narrator fears could happen. TV presenter Allis Hagtorn leaves her partner and… Read More

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Raven Black by Ann Cleeves

Recently we watched the first two seasons of the British television mysteries Shetland, set on the Shetland Islands. I thought the show was very good, although I found I had to be very attentive because I wasn’t used to the accents, and as well, the… Read More

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Yiddish for Pirates

I’ve read one final book for 2016. I know, because I looked at my Goodreads list of books I read this year, that it happens to be my 12th for the year. This latest book is Yiddish for Pirates by Gary Barwin – one of… Read More