Fiction

A+
I Know This Much is True

I know this much is true - all 897 pages of this book are incredible. By no means an easy or even pleasant read, it is simply an important read that will impel you to keep turning the pages to figure out what Wally Lamb's inventive imagination will next devise. This book is so good nearly every othe ...

B-
Mountain Heather

Mountain Heather is one of those books that refuses to be pigeon-holed. According to its spine, it is fiction, but the back blurb touts a romantic angle. It was originally published last year in Great Britain under the title Grianan, which makes much more sense, since there were neither mountains no ...

D-
Floating

Floating was the winner of the MTV fiction contest. From this we can only assume that the other 400 entries out there were worse. The book is the debut of MTV books. MTV, btw, is owned by media conglomerate Viacom, which, in turn, owns Simon & Schuster, which owns Pocket books. This, apparently, is ...

B+
Up Island

Up Island is that part of Martha's Vineyard where the year-round residents live. It is hard to get to in the best of times, and is downright inhospitable in the winter. It is also where Atlantan Coca-Cola "company-wife" Molly Redwine is healed after her husband leaves her for a younger woman and her ...

B+
A Widow for One Year

A huge fan of The World According to Garp and The Hotel New Hampshire, I lost interest in John Irving when he wrote A Prayer for Owen Meany. But the buzz on his newest release, A Widow for One Year, was so good that I shelled out the big ones, and I'm thoroughly glad I did. The novel is purported ...

A
A Girl Of The Limberlost

A Girl of the Limberlost is a book that I have read over and over and over again, despite the fact that no one could call it a great book. Even I, who love it to death, have to admit it is very sweet and just a little too sentimental sometimes. So, why do I love it so? Well, Gene Stratton Porter was ...

C
Drumveyn

Drumveyn is an oddly muted novel about the rebirth of a woman after the death of her husband, and about the rebirth of her two grown children. The author juxtaposes very extreme circumstances for the three characters against a distance in the writing style. The result is that rather than feeling ful ...

A
The Hourglass

I have read only one story by Elizabeth Gage. It appeared in the anthology, Unmasked, and was one of the worst stories I've ever read. I hated it. So it was with immense trepidation that I began reading - with a closed heart and a skeptical mind - this author's latest effort, The Hourglass. Can the ...