Even though some Broadway musicals have set West Side Story in contemporary times, Steven Spielberg's version is set in the sixties like the original movie directed by Robert Wise. Award-winning … Continue reading West Side Story
The Disappearing Earth is a mystery set in the Kamchatka peninsula, an area with active volcanoes The story centers around the disappearance of two local girls, Alyona and Sophia Golosovskaya. Other characters … Continue reading Book Review: The Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips.
Violet Hurst's family is a vortex of toxicity. Nearly everyone is a narcissist, liar, or addict, an abuser an enabler, or some combination. After a drug-fueled night that Violet has … Continue reading Book Review: Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas
All Chip Linton wants when he moves to Bethel, New Hampshire is a little peace and quiet for his family. He has already survived the unthinkable, a plane crash. Since he … Continue reading Book Review: The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian
Each of stories in Night at the Fiestas are about family members embroiled in complicated, ambivalent relationships. Maria both admires and despises her cousin, Nemecia, in the story called "Nemecia." After leaving … Continue reading Book Review: Night at the Fiestas by Kirstin Valdez Quade.
For a coming-of-age story that transcends genre, read Emily Fridlund's History of Wolves.One of the central questions in this tale is culpability. "What's the difference between what you want to believe … Continue reading Book Review: History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund.
Fates and Furies is a portrait of a marriage--as viewed in turn by both participants. The novel is a tragic love story and yet its also more than that. Lawrence Satterwaite, … Continue reading Book Review: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
"You have to take a chance don't you? Its like crossing the road with your eyes shut...you don't know what's going to happen next." --Kitty Finch.Nina decides that standing near … Continue reading Book Review: Swimming Home by Deborah Levy
The Bigtrees have grown up in the Southwest tip of Florida--in the Ten Thousand Islands--where they have run a unique theme park, Swamplandia. With the exception of Ossie, all of … Continue reading Book Review: Swamplandia by Karen Russell
The River Wife is a panoramic story--from the 1812 New Madrid quake to the 1930s. Central to the story is the enigmatic, Jacques DuCharme, a one-armed river pirate whose wealth and … Continue reading Book Review: The River Wife by Joni Agee.