Category Archives: Fiction

The Summer Wives, Beatriz Williams, author; Kristin Kalbli, narrator

In 1930, on Winthrop Island, off the coast of CT, Bianco Madeiro and Hugh Fisher fall in love and have a secret affair. Both are in their teens. Both swear their eternal love for each other, but there is a … Continue reading

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The Mars Room, Rachel Kushner, author and narrator

Although the author does a good job of reading the book, the subject matter could not hold my interest. The main character was a lap dancer. She is now being transferred to a new prison. She is serving two concurrent … Continue reading

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Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders, author: Narrators, *too many narrators to list.

It would take a hard-hearted person not to be moved by the story of the emotional collapse of Mary Lincoln and the terrible outward grief shown by President Abraham Lincoln when their young, very well loved 11 year old son … Continue reading

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Faithful Place, Tana French, author; Tim Gerard Reynolds, narrator

The novel takes place in Dublin, Ireland, on a fictional street called Faithful Place. It is a dying street with the odd empty lot and abandoned house. The Mackeys and the Dalys live on the street. Frank’s family is very … Continue reading

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Map of Salt and Stars, Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar, author; Lara Sawalha, narrator

This book is written with such a fine hand that it is like reading poetry rather than a novel. However, because it is long and repetitive, with parallel narratives, it often became almost too lyrical, making listening to it sometimes … Continue reading

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The Boat People, Sharon Bala, author

The author states that this novel was inspired by true events. Boats carrying large numbers of Tamil asylum seeking refugees, from Sri Lanka, arrived in British Columbia in 2009 and 2010.  I did look up the event and found that … Continue reading

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Praise Song for the Butterflies, A Novel: Beverly L. McFadden, author

This novel takes place in a country called Ukemby. Americans once ruled this fictional African country, but with the election of a new African ruler, the Americans left, and the new ruler brought back the old ways, one of which … Continue reading

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