Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura and Translated by Satoko Izumo and Stephen Coates

Most Japanese novels are difficult to relate to because there is an underlying fatalism that pervades most of these novels which creates a cultural barrier that is difficult for most Westerners to surmount. ┬áThe Thief by Nakamura is no exception … Continue reading

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Ordinary Grace by William Krueger

It is summer, 1961 in New Bremen, Minnesota and our narrator, Frank Drum, begins by saying, “All the dying that summer began with the death of a child,” and with those simple words we are immediately drawn into that time … Continue reading

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Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

In rural Tennessee, Dellarobia Turnbow, struggles up the path of the mountain behind her home trying to run away from the responsibilities of her life-two small kids, a perfunctory marriage, and an emptiness that she can barely articulate. But at … Continue reading

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The List by Karin Tanabe

Some books have such an interesting premise and story line that you continue reading them long after you realize that it will not satisfy. This is certainly true of The List by Karin Tanabe. Our protagonist, Adrienne Brown gives up … Continue reading

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