Tom Lake by Ann Pachett

Tom Lake by Ann Pachett

Set in the crucible of Spring 2020, as the pandemic’s grip tightened, Ann Patchett’s Tom Lake is a marvel. The narrative takes place over a few weeks on a family farm–echoes of Chekhov’s cherry orchard–in Michigan, where Lara Kenison, her husband, and their three adult daughters labor amidst the lockdown’s restraint. As the book begins,…

Acting Up by Adele Buck

Acting Up by Adele Buck

Acting Up is a good, old-fashioned friends-to-lovers romance about two people falling in love after years of friendship and work partnership, against the appealing backdrop of a theater production. Cath is a stage manager, and while she can manage the heck out of cast and crew, her relationships are far from perfect. She has close…

The First Actress by C.W. Gortner

The First Actress by C.W. Gortner

Sarah Bernhardt’s life was destined to grab headlines.  The first actress of international acclaim, she drew eyes and plaudits – and controversy and criticism –  wherever she trod the boards. But Bernhardt’s life was also no picnic. Given to a stranger to be raised, she was the daughter of a high-class courtesan, her biological father…

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