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17 09, 2017

For Those of You That Like Do-Overs

By | 2017-09-17T19:21:45+00:00 September 17th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

Kate Atkinson’s hefty story, Life After Life, can make a reader dizzy, even while sitting in a solid, comfy chair. It follows the life of Ursula Todd, a British banker’s daughter, born on a snowy night back in the days when people sang songs like “By the Light of the Silvery Moon.” The trick about this “life” of Ursula’s is that she dies and [...]

6 08, 2017

You’ll Want To Star in This Movie

By | 2017-08-06T19:46:42+00:00 August 6th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

Continuing with Mormon authors this week, I present The Rules in Rome by A.L. Sowards. The story begins when a pack of Allied soldiers ambush a German officer’s car bounding along the road in Italy. As the men examine the dead officer now slumped in the seat, they notice how thoroughly he resembles one of their own, Bastien Ley. Daringly, Bastien assumes the dead [...]

30 07, 2017

A Kiss That Rattles the Richter Scale

By | 2017-07-30T17:30:11+00:00 July 30th, 2017|good fiction, Uncategorized|0 Comments

This week and next, in observance of Summer Book Trek, Read Fast Eat Slow features books by indie Mormon authors. You can head on over to SBT’s website to check out what’s new in that niche. Fantasy and romance (but I repeat myself) are the favorite genres of these authors, both of which I handle like the mushy vegetables that need to come out of [...]

16 07, 2017

Would You Go Where You’re Not Wanted?

By | 2017-07-16T20:20:28+00:00 July 16th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

“We weren’t the only ones.” “No kidding. . . . Why do you think we had to start our own hotels?” One day, a Mrs. Marx of Newton Massachusetts dashes off a letter to a Vermont inn, inquiring about vacation accommodations. The reply letter makes it clear that “Our guests who feel most comfortable here . . . are Gentiles. Very truly yours . [...]

9 07, 2017

What’s That Sparkle on Your Finger?

By | 2017-07-09T18:56:54+00:00 July 9th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

Welcome to Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Paris and . . . Cleveland, the settings for J. Courtney Sullivan’s novel, The Engagements, in which all the strands of the story dance around the Maypole of the diamond engagement ring. Leaping back and forth through the decades, we have four mini-stories: James, a paramedic, chases down blood and drunkenness in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a suburb he could [...]

18 06, 2017

Summer Camp Everybody!!

By | 2017-06-18T20:44:04+00:00 June 18th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

Schuller Kindermann hears party noises outside his camp cabin late at night. Schuller is a gentleman of some means. He owns Kindermann Forest, a summer camp in the Ozarks. He’s spent the last week training the his counselors before the campers arrive in two days. Going out to investigate the noises, he finds his counselors frolicking in the pool. Naked. He fires them. And [...]

11 06, 2017

Ode to Boyhood

By | 2017-06-11T16:08:15+00:00 June 11th, 2017|good fiction, Uncategorized|0 Comments

What am I doing, picking a Ray Bradbury book off the library shelf? I asked myself. All I knew about Bradbury was that he was famous, and that he wrote Fahrenheit 451, a paperback on the shelf in my sister’s bedroom. Fahrenheit’s protagonist is a fireman in a time and place where books are illegal and his job is to find them and burn [...]

4 06, 2017

An Ode to Girlhood (We’ll Do the Boys Next Week)

By | 2017-06-04T17:50:08+00:00 June 4th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

Oh, but I had the best time this week, reading Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle. Anybody whose ever been female and fifteen and dreamy can identify with Castle’s heroine, Cassandra Mortmain, who writes everything she sees and hears in her little notebook. I can feel her breathless excitement when I read things like: So much has happened since I last wrote here that I [...]

28 05, 2017

Bless the Children

By | 2017-05-28T17:47:14+00:00 May 28th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

I’m sorry if the above picture throws a sinister shadow on one of sweetest verses in the New Testament. But you can hardly blame the Catholics for the sour taste in their mouths when they contemplate priests and children. Faith, a novel by Jennifer Haigh, tackles the subject of sexual abuse within the Church. Arthur Breen is a Catholic priest in the South Shore [...]

7 05, 2017

Can You Pay the Price of Greatness?

By | 2017-05-07T17:31:04+00:00 May 7th, 2017|good fiction|1 Comment

I could swear I attempted Chaim Potok’s novel, My Name is Asher Lev way back in college. It would’ve been on one of those long Saturday afternoons, probably in the summer, when I had leisure to walk the eight blocks to the library. I couldn’t take the dull brown sobriety of Potok’s story world. I probably needed more boy-meets-girl back then. But this time around, I [...]