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Wendy C Feltham has commented on (16) products.

El Tiempo Entre Costuras = The Time Between Seams (Bestseller Internacional) by Maria Duenas
El Tiempo Entre Costuras = The Time Between Seams (Bestseller Internacional)

Wendy C Feltham, December 1, 2012

I really enjoyed this historical fiction, set mostly in Madrid and the Spanish Protectorate of Morocco during and after the Spanish Civil War. It's a story of espionage and power, along with friendship, personal growth, and couture design. Having known little of Morocco in those years, that setting was fascinating, and the transformation of Madrid during and after the war were brilliant. I loved the characters and all the roles they played, and only after finishing the novel did I realize many were real people. The perspective of fashion design, textiles, and sewing made this novel rather unique and fun. Since I read it on my Nook, I didn't get to see the end papers and photographs dividing each section until afterwards, and they added a feel for the era that I would have missed if I hadn't later been able to pick up a real book. I read this book in the original Spanish, and was so impressed with the use of language by María Dueñas.
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The Time in Between by Maria Duenas
The Time in Between

Wendy C Feltham, December 1, 2012

I really enjoyed this historical fiction, set mostly in Madrid and the Spanish Protectorate of Morocco during and after the Spanish Civil War. It's a story of espionage and power, along with friendship, personal growth, and couture design. Having known little of Morocco in those years, that setting was fascinating, and the transformation of Madrid during and after the war were brilliant. I loved the characters and all the roles they played, and only after finishing the novel did I realize many were real people. The perspective of fashion design, textiles, and sewing made this novel rather unique and fun. Since I read it on my Nook, I didn't get to see the end papers and photographs dividing each section until afterwards, and they added a feel for the era that I would have missed if I hadn't later been able to pick up a real book.
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Broken Harbor by Tana French
Broken Harbor

Wendy C Feltham, October 26, 2012

A gripping, creepy, well-written psychological detective novel set outside Dublin in a planned community after the crash. Tana French is one of my favorite authors, although I generally do not enjoy crime thrillers, as they make me too nervous! Having read all of her four books, I wouldn't call this one of my favorites, but still, I couldn't put it down. I love how she includes details about her characters, their family relationships, the power of their early friendships, their clothing, their dreams. The twists of the plot, the interpretation of modern Dublin, and the bizarre moments in this book are brilliant.
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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
The Song of Achilles

Wendy C Feltham, September 2, 2012

Having never read the Iliad, this story of Achilles and the Trojan War were new to me. Madeline Miller plots her tale around the life of Patroclus, Achilles's companion and lover, from their youth to their deaths at Troy. I especially loved their time apprenticing under the wise centaur Chiron up in the mountains, caves, and creeks away from palaces and war. The author has studied and taught Latin and Ancient Greek, and directs Shakespeare's plays, and her love for language along with her intimate knowledge of Greek history with details about nature, food, clothing, and beliefs make this a joy to read. This wonderful book won advance praise from Donna Tartt, Ann Patchett, Emma Donoghue, and others, and then the Orange Prize, so it has received well-deserved appreciation.
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Mink River by Brian Doyle
Mink River

Wendy C Feltham, August 19, 2012

A Seattle friend who grew up in Oregon told me I'd love all the nature, especially birds, in this novel set on the Oregon coast. For the first few pages, I was confused by characters with two names as well as the plot, wishing for a chart of characters and maybe even a synopsis. Then I became immersed in the world of Neawanaka, loving (and worried by) the colorful characters. I appreciated the magical realism along with bits of Irish and Native American wisdom and Brian Doyle's clever language and storytelling. My friend was right, I did love the author's awareness and interpretation of nature, especially Moses the magical crow. I endorse the blurb by The Oregonian, "The greatest gift of Mink River is that it provides every reason in the world to see your own village, neighborhood and life in a deeper, more nuanced and connected way." It was hard for me to finish this novel and know I wouldn't find out the next chapters in the growth and changes in the people of Neawanaka. And yet it has already influenced me to look at my little town in the Pacific Northwest with new eyes.
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