Warlight Warlight, by Michael Ondaatje is a nonlinear, atmospheric novel set in post-World War II London. The city is thick with fog, electricity is spotty, and a sense of foreboding hangs over the story. Despite the war’s end and a desire for normalcy, “… Partisans fighters refusing defeat” make their presence known. The storyline follows […]
Usually, I either can’t, or won’t, complete books like Gabriel Tallent’s, debut novel, My Absolute Darling. It’s a gripping, exhausting, page-turner about a fourteen year-old nicknamed Turtle who lives in an isolated, but stunningly beautiful location along the Northern California seacoast. Turtle lives with her father Martin, a psychological, sexual, and sadistic abuser. Tallent’s luminous […]
Snowblind by Daniel Arnold is a collection of fictional short stories highlighting extreme weather conditions and how they relate to the obsessions and excesses commonly found among mountain climbers. We learn that some men and women will risk anything, from disfigurement of severe frostbite, to the life of a fellow climber, if that’s what it […]
Rules of Civility Set in 1930s Manhattan, Rules of Civility by Amor Towles follows the lives and longings of the city’s idle rich and two determined, thirty-ish working class wannabes, Kate and Eve. Along with happenstance and sheer ballsiness, Kate and Eve also use wit, intelligence and good looks to eventually claw their way into […]
In July, ‘Hamilton,’ the hugely popular Off-Broadway hip hop musical about Alexander Hamilton will move to Broadway. Now, there’s also ‘Clinton: The Musical,’ a comedy that parodies President Bill Clinton’s highs and lows. Besides Hillary running for president, why this sudden interest in an impeached president who’s been out of office fifteen years, and a […]
At first glance I wondered why Sue Grafton’s latest mystery, “W is for Wasted,” was such a thick book. Fearing she’d stepped into the novelists’ trap of thinking more is better, it didn’t take long to realize that “W” is a bloated mess. The main positive about the novel is that it gives a multifaceted […]
So, my hubby and harshest writing critic, who mostly reads non-fiction, condescended to finally start reading my new novel, Afterlife in Harlem. He called me from work to say, “You left this morning before I could tell you that your prologue is really good, especially the dialogue. I’m surprised that it held my interest; a […]
Though they lived hundreds of years apart, Bill Clinton and Alexander Hamilton, two white men, were important pioneers in the Harlem community.
- The NY Times Headline on September 12, 2001
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