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Fiction
Ann Ronald

Reputations

Reputations In this dizzy political season, fiction about an artistic facet of political commentary provides a refreshing change from television’s punditry. Reputations, by Colombian author

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British Authors
Ann Ronald

The Paying Guests

The Paying Guests Sarah Waters’ NeoGothic ingenuity astonishes me. With every novel she writes, she tweaks my inner Charlotte Bronte, my inner Emily Bronte, my

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Hours Count

The Hours Count Samuel Taylor Coleridge once decreed the necessity of a “willing suspension of disbelief” when reading fantastical literature, especially poetry like his own.

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Girl on the Train

A novel of neuroses, The Girl on the Train will drive a sane reader mad. Paula Hawkins has created three psychologically damaged women to tell

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Art
Ann Ronald

The Painted Girls

Countless late nineteenth-century French novels, paintings and sculptures grew out of a powerful philosophy often called scientific determinism or literary naturalism. Writing of the artistic

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Reviews
Ann Ronald

Night Watch

Night Watch presents an intricate literary puzzle, where multiple characters and their lives interlock together, creating an unexpected back-lit photograph of London in the 1940s.

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Jack 1939
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Jack 1939

JACK 1939 Imagine young Jack Kennedy as a spy, commandeered by Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston Churchill to innocuously roam Europe and uncover nefarious warmongering

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Health
Vivienne French

God’s Hotel

God’s Hotel  A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine   During a conversation about health care being more businesslike than

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The Bartender's Tale
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Bartender’s Tale

The Bartender’s Tale, recalled by his son. Ivan Doig’s novels, like The Bartender’s Tale,  circle around themselves, like a helix coiling both inward and out.

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The Good Lord Bird
Fiction
Sunny Solomon

The Good Lord Bird

THE GOOD LORD BIRD It’s not any wonder that James McBride’s latest book, The Good Lord Bird won the 2013 National Book Award, and I

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Fates and Furies
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Fates and Furies

FATES AND FURIES In Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff proposes a unique way of looking at a relationship. The first half of Fates and Furies, titled

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Sweet Thunder
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Sweet Thunder

SWEET THUNDER Ivan Doig’s Sweet Thunder follows one of the characters from his earlier novel, The Whistling Season, into maturity. Perhaps you’ll remember him as

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The After Party
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The After Party

THE AFTER PARTY Anton DiSclafani writes intriguingly insightful novels about young women who have more money than good sense.  I reviewed her first such narrative,

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