Category Archives: Literary fiction

“The Old Jest” by Jennifer Johnston

“Death is an old jest but it comes new to everyone.” ~ Ivan Turgenev A few years ago I read an astounding novel by Jennifer Johnston called “Shadows on our skin“, so I thought I HAD to add a novel … Continue reading

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“This is your life, Harriet Chance” by Jonathan Evison

Life is made up of long stretches of unmemorable periods, interspersed with memories of such clarity that those memories seem to define us.  It is these memories that feature in Jonathan Evison’s novel, “This is your life, Harriet Chance!“. Harriet … Continue reading

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“Breaking light” by Karin Altenberg

After reading the last page of this touching and tragic story, I view the wonderfully perfect cover as particularly poignant.  Two small boys, hand in hand… But let me tell you a bit about the story.  First we meet Gabriel, a … Continue reading

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“The girl in the garden” by Melanie Wallace

June is a young mother, timid and painfully thin, with a small infant. She is abandoned by her partner at a seaside tourist cabin somewhere in New England.  Penniless, she is taken in by Mabel, the widow who owns the cabins. … Continue reading

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“Pocketful of names” (A title I remember as a favorite that I would like to re-read)

Several years ago, long before I started this blog, I read a wonderful novel by Joe Coomer called “A pocketful of names“.   It had every quality that I like in fiction.  The characters sprang to life off the page. … Continue reading

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“Weathering” by Lucy Wood

A cold, cold, river.  An even colder, deserted, and unloved house.  It is here that Ada brings her six year-old daughter, Pepper.  The very first thing they do when they arrive is they take Pearl’s ashes to the river and … Continue reading

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“Second Helpings at the Serve you Right Café” by Tilia Klebenov Jacobs

Located in a small Massachusetts college town, the “Serve you Right Café” has a hard-working staff of two.  A full-time owner/manager, a full-time baker,  and one part-time server. The owner/manager, Eden Rose, is a recovering alcoholic.  A woman with a big … Continue reading

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