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Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Andi Alpers (her full name is Diandra Xenia Alpers) is a student at St. Anselm’s, a prestigious private school in Brooklyn where tuition is thirty thousand dollars annually. She is in her senior year. The students see themselves as special, exceptional: “We’re supernovas, every single one of us.”

They talk like this: “…you can’t even approach […]

The Massey Murder by Charlotte Gray

The subtitle about sums up this reading adventure in equal parts (A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Nation) with perhaps just a little more about the trial and its effect upon the country than about the maid or about her master but it all adds up to a very entertaining read […]

The Liar’s Gospel by Naomi Alderman

“They knew it would be that day. It is impossible to follow the fortunes of a battle closely without knowing when they are reaching their conclusion. Especially when that battle concerns the city in which you live. They had fought off the army as long as they were able. They had the advantage, to begin […]

On the Proper Use of Stars by Dominique Fortier

Originally published in Quebec in 2008, I read the 2010 edition translated into English by Sheila Fischman.

There are three noteworthy epigraphs:

“Sail, sail adventurous Barks! Go fearless forth, Storm on his glacier-seat the misty North, Give to mankind the inhospitable zone, And Britain’s trident plant in seas unknown. ” – Eleanor Porden

“The Lords […]

Quarantine by Jim Crace

Quarantine was the winner of the Whitbread Novel of the Year in 1998 and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It is fiction based on Jesus’ 40 days in the desert.

I have read no other works by Crace and this was an “accidental” choice to the degree that it was being read by an […]