Category Archives: Literary Fiction

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel (Books to Read During a Pandemic, Part 19)

Hilary Mantel is an impressive writer and she proves this again in The Mirror and the Light, the last book in her series on Thomas Cromwell. It was such a strange experience to move from a very negative and antagonistic … Continue reading

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Agent Running in the Field by John Le Carré (Books To Read During A Pandemic, Part 14)

John Le Carré has not lost his touch! This was a fascinating inside look into what it means to be a spy in the time of Brexit and Trump. As always, Le Carré creates characters that are interesting and complex … Continue reading

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Transcription by Kate Atkinson (Books To Read During a Pandemic, Part 13)

Kate Atkinson is a good writer. She knows how to tell a good story, to form complicated and unexpected plot lines and create characters with depth and feeling and whose lives you care about. If you have not yet made … Continue reading

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The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Bedani (Books to Read During a Pandemic, Part 10

Courage. Strength. Resilience. These are all words we are hearing more and more these days, but what they mean can look so different in different circumstances. Badani seems to instinctively know that and in this quiet but powerful book, she … Continue reading

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The Dragon’s Lair by Sharon Kay Penman (Books to Read During a Pandemic, Part 8)

I find myself going back to tried and true authors during this pandemic. Maybe its because everything is so chaotic right now that I am less willing to experiment with a new author, or maybe its because I know that … Continue reading

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Inland by Téa Obreht (Books to Read During a Pandemic part 7)

After six weeks of offering multiple books, genres and series to keep you occupied during a pandemic, today I am returning to my regular format of offering one book that I have read recently. I read Téa Obreht’s The Tiger … Continue reading

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Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Testaments is one of the books I listed as wanting to read on vacation. It was a good pick! Engaging, well written, with a great plot and interesting characters, this book also answered some questions and filled in some of … Continue reading

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This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

Years ago I read a novel called Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger, which was a becoming of age story about a young man who in the course of one summer is confronted with lies, betrayal and murder and yet … Continue reading

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Flights by Olga Tokarczuk

I became very curious when Tokarczuk won the Man Booker Prize for Flights and then even more intrigued when she recently won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature. (The award was postponed a year due to internal controversy and dissension … Continue reading

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The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

On the island of Jeju in S. Korea there are female divers called the haenyeo. They support their families by free diving, holding their breath between 1-2 minutes and diving 20 to 40 feet below the water, to harvest seaweed, … Continue reading

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