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This is considered one of her best novels and does deserve such praise. A wonderfully descriptive book, it is the attention to detail that makes this such an absorbing read, you can picture every line on each character’s face, each subtle movement that they make. Another book of love, longing and loss beautifully told.
Winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2011. If you have read books set in India, then you must add 'Saraswati Park' to your canon. If you haven't made that step feeling, perhaps, that India is a different world, far removed from your own experience and comprehension, then this is a great place to start your journey. After only two or three pages you will be transported into human thoughts and feelings that are common to your own and easy on the imagination. In fact, you will love this book. 'His shirt was crisp; it hung at a polite distance from his body'. A tremendous first novel from an exciting young author recently chosen as one of the Telegraph's '20 under 40' best UK writers. Sheer delight.
A compelling, heartbreaking and beautifully written novel. Friendships and relationships are taken for granted until an earth shattering event throws everything up in the air and everything the characters thought they knew about each other is thrown in to turmoil. Sensitively written and thoroughly absorbing.
The unnamed narrator of this remarkable novel is a vulnerable, bookish eighteen-year-old who lives in a close-knit community beset by sectarian violence. Harassed by an older man she calls Milkman, she’s compelled to keep her encounter with this sinister figure a deeply buried secret. She’s isolated, silenced, and must remain silent, and it’s this that cuttingly resonates with the #MeToo movement, and also with the situation of many teenage girls whose early experiences of womanhood all too often involve fear, shame and secrecy. Many reviews of this novel speak of its “challenging” nature, its “difficult” experimentalism, but whether a reader finds it to be “difficult” very much depends as to how one engages with the narrator. It took a little while to fall in step with her rhythm, but I found her stream-of-consciousness voice compelling and richly rewarding. Sharp on the psychology of small communities and the repercussions of inaction, and quirkily comic to boot, this is an exhaustively exceptional novel.
Rich storytelling set in and around late 18th century Bristol with each character being given a voice and view in separate chapters. You are driven to read chapter after chapter to gather the differing viewpoints of the plot; highly compulsive. It centres on a group of female boxers and their patrons which is quite fascinating. It’s sort of Georgette Heyer with bite. Bawdy, rude and fun, there are three main girls, Ruth in particular is delightfully course! Careful attention is paid to the street language of the time and the contrast of rich and poor is well drawn. But in the end it seems that alcohol and gaming addiction are the real stars. ~ Sarah Broadhurst July 2015 Debut of the Month.
This edgy, seductive, tense and sinister debut, perfect for reading groups, will have you, like us, engrossed; but can you really trust the memory and recollections of the narrator Rachel? If you enjoyed Notes on a Scandal, Before I Go to Sleep or Sister then this could be right up your street.
April 2012 Debut of the Month. This edgy, seductive, tense and sinister debut, perfect for reading groups, will have you, like us, engrossed; but can you really trust the memory and recollections of the narrator Rachel? If you enjoyed Notes on a Scandal, Before I Go to Sleep or Sister then this could be right up your street.
This latest novel from the acclaimed author of the Orange-longlisted The Pink Hotel is an exploration of memories, consequence and the difficulties of living with the past. Cathy is a curator of natural history in Berlin. She is engaged, about to receive an award for her work and beginning to feel that she has finally escaped her past, a past that she keeps locked away within her own museum of curiosities. Yet on the day she is due to receive her award she receives a gift that tells her that a shadow that haunts her memories has resurfaced to claim back what he feels belongs to him. I was completely swept away with this story. Stothard’s technique allows us to watch events unfold with regular insights into Cathy’s past that slowly reveal the reality of what she has been hiding from with a steadily rising sense of foreboding. I found the exploration of characters sensitively handled and yet provided enough suspense and contained a level of sinister tension that had me guessing just what each one may be capable of. This is exquisite, beautifully written prose and the use of the museum as a theme throughout with setting, a means of storytelling and metaphor, is quite brilliantly executed. It is personal, it is universal and it is something that lives within each of us and the memories we hold. Cathy’s story moved me and I so wanted her to find the escape she desperately needed. Highly recommended. ~ Shelley Fallows November 2016 Book of the Month.
A perfect gem, a short, sharp tragedy with an unexpected twist. This acclaimed children’s author never disappoints and her adult fiction has an edge that is truly satisfying. I love her. Comparison: Maggie O’Farrell, Kim Edwards, Sara Banerji.
October 2013 Debut of the Month. Light, engaging and spotted with humour, this tale of a redundant husband relocating to New York with his wife and kids is not what I expected. Wife Lucy sulks, fair enough, but the marriage strengthens, life gets better, friends are made and all is good. The charm of this book is in all the different relationships, choices about child and work and mutual support. An honest, thoroughly pleasing look at modern life. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for An Englishwoman in New York a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'A snappy, funny and highly entertaining depiction of women finding their feet as they move into their 40s...' - Megan Olwen Williams. Scroll down to read more reviews.
For the readership, this is a huge historical novel to immerse yourself in. A dramatic, violent, absorbing, long read for which you need to put aside serious time to devour. You will find it difficult to put down. Charting the lives of two families, the Sels and the Duquets from 1693 to 2013, it tells of the rape of the Canadian natural resources, namely timber and fur but predominantly timber. Hard men made fortunes with little regard for anything but power and wealth, certainly not for their workers’ lives or limbs. The first of the immigrant Sels married an Indian; their offspring are then trapped between two cultures. As you would expect, there is a huge number of characters for characters is what Proulx is all about. This is a truly impressive work detailing the destruction of the forests to the point of ecological disaster.
One of our Books of the Year 2016. July 2016 Book of the Month. For the readership, this is a huge historical novel to immerse yourself in. A dramatic, violent, absorbing, long read for which you need to put aside serious time to devour. You will find it difficult to put down. Charting the lives of two families, the Sels and the Duquets from 1693 to 2013, it tells of the rape of the Canadian natural resources, namely timber and fur but predominantly timber. Hard men made fortunes with little regard for anything but power and wealth, certainly not for their workers’ lives or limbs. The first of the immigrant Sels married an Indian; their offspring are then trapped between two cultures. As you would expect, there is a huge number of characters for characters is what Proulx is all about. This is a truly impressive work detailing the destruction of the forests to the point of ecological disaster.
Did you know that the first recorded reading groups were among women working in factories in the nineteenth century? And now, according to research undertaken a few years ago, there are tens of thousands of groups meeting regularly in the UK reading everything from literary classics to technical manuals!
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