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The Blue Hour by Elizabeth Evans
The Blue Hour

Wienergal, October 22, 2009

This is one of the best coming-of-age stories I've ever read. Elizabeth Evans writes beautiful prose, but she has more gifts. She recreates the world of the late 1950s and early 1960s vividly and the world of her protagonist, 10-year-old Penny, with equal skill. With no mystery to be solved or secret to be revealed, she has managed to create a page-turner that leaves you completely satisifed. I absolutely loved this book.
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The Road Home by Rose Tremain
The Road Home

Wienergal, April 25, 2009

No one writes about loneliness as profoundly and truthfully as Rose Tremain, and "The Road Home" is ample proof of her ability to explore that feeling without being maudlin or trite. As in some of her other brilliant novels--notably "Sacred Country"--the protagonist is all at sea in an unfamiliar world, hugging secrets to himself while thrashing about, leery of sharing who he is with anyone, but in real need of human warmth and companionship. I loved the characters and the arc of the story, and, as always, the beautiful, evocative prose.
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The Teahouse Fire by Ellis Avery
The Teahouse Fire

Wienergal, September 5, 2008

This book kept me engrossed on so many levels--the intertwining fictional stories of familial relationships, the elaborate rules and rituals of tea ceremony, and the historical details about the transition of Japan from a feudal and isolated society ruled by local warlords to a more modern--but still wary of the outside world--country ruled by an emperor.

Highly detailed, well plotted, and not your average family saga. I loved it and hated to turn the last page!
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