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Original Essays | June 20, 2014

Lauren Owen: IMG The Other Vampire

It's a wild and thundery night. Inside a ramshackle old manor house, a beautiful young girl lies asleep in bed. At the window, a figure watches... Continue »
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The Light of Amsterdam by David Park
The Light of Amsterdam

PCAnderson, August 5, 2012

This book is about ordinary people searching for connection. The three protagonists, who are father with his teenage son, a single mother whose daughter about to marry, and the wife of an autumnal couple celebrating her birthday with her husband, all struggle to revive ties with their loved ones, and come to regard them in new ways. Park’s sometimes heartbreaking insights ring like bells, true and clear, articulating doubts and fears, and realizations about themselves. The setting, the lovely city of Amsterdam, affects each of them in its enigmatic ways. Each of the three returns home to Belfast with a new perspective on their lives and their futures.
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The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
The Tiger's Wife

PCAnderson, February 3, 2012

I don't understand all the buzz about this book. It is unique, yes. The writing is lyrical and evocative. Yet I found the contemporary story tedious and could not fathom the motivations of the main characters. The historical stories were somewhat more engaging but not enough that I didn't have to force myself to finish this book so that I could honestly tell my book group that yes, I finished it.
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We the Animals by Justin Torres
We the Animals

PCAnderson, September 19, 2011

Three ferocious brothers scrap their way towards adulthood, intensely cohesive within the family but with allegiance to no one and nothing outside of it. Moments of pure grace enlighten this inimitable story, told sparingly yet elegantly.
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

PCAnderson, May 30, 2009

A "wondrous" illuminating family saga with believable characters that I could see in my mind. However, the reading experience was marred by an abundance of untranslated Spanish--to a non-Spanish speaker, the meaning was often unintelligible.
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