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cjmalcolm, February 9, 2008

I am a big Ann Patchett fan and this book did not disappoint. Many interesting characters discover their surprising relationships over time. Like Bel Canto, in format, our characters meet during a crisis/car accident and there is always a question of where this story will lead. Also, observations through the perspectives of very different characters e.g.an ex-mayor,the 2 Tennessee's(one injured, one dead) and especially an 11 year old girl named Kenya, lead the reader to imagine all kinds of possible plot twists. Couldn't put it down!
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cjmalcolm, December 17, 2007

This enthralling book starts :(chapter title,"And Lost There, A Golden Feather in a Foreign Land,")- 'It is always like this: 'The best parties are made by people in trouble...' and carries you on a whirlwind adventure of what it is like to be Jewish in Russia in the early 1920's and to lose your family to a bloodthirsty barrage in a minute in your own home. A haunting yet witty tale of love vs. loss, and desire vs. survival. Amy Bloom deftly steers us on a passionate odyssey as Lillian Leyb discovers that her daughter Sophie may be alive in Siberia, only after Lillian has immigrated to the Yiddish Theatre District on N.Y.'s Lower East Side.Our determined, impoverished heroine travels to the ends of the Earth reinventing herself as each unexpected situation arises with a mother's love aching in her heart.Lillian endures degradation and countless setbacks drawing on her inner strength. You turn pages quickly as the tension of her fight against time and geography set her emotional compass.Bloom's impressive attention to period detail is fantastic. Bravo!
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The Milk Chicken Bomb by Andrew Wedderburn
The Milk Chicken Bomb

cjmalcolm, December 1, 2007

The tongue-in-cheek mystery of The Milk Chicken Bomb keeps you laughing and sighing at the same time!Andrew Wedderburn, part of the rock band Hot Little Rocket, has written a winner debut novel . He is clever at developing mid-Western small town characters and juggling many interesting mini-plots. Pathos and humour are intertwined. The author has lived what he writes about albeit the book is a little more warped!
The story's 10 year old wandering narrator/reporter is an imaginative insomniac. Although this boy is not involved with his own family, he staves off some of his loneliness with his network of eccentric friends e.g. Mullen, the Russians, and Deke Howitz. He observes town life in a fascinating way while fireworks go off and Jr. High kids joust in moving pickup trucks in the snow; and Deke tunnels under Main St. with only a spade to follow his obsession of buying a black market submarine from Uzbekistan.
Must be read to be believed!
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Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks
Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague

cjmalcolm, November 30, 2007

The year is 1666, during the horrific spread of the plague throughout the English countryside. Brooks excels at putting a positive spin on her year through thorough telling research, vivid language, and genuine depth of feeling. Her several stories reel you in and just as doom seems emminent, reshape into tales of hope. The book made me wonder, "How would I cope?"
Just as an herbalist female mentor is persecuted, her young apprentice does much to tend the villagers' wounds. A compelling and memorable read!
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Memories of a Pure Spring by Duong Thu Huong
Memories of a Pure Spring

cjmalcolm, November 28, 2007

Beautiful and melancholy, Memories of a Pure Spring, is set circa 1979, the period when China attacked Vietnam, 'when the music stopped.' It shows the conflict between Vietnamese Communism and art. Hung, a successful composer, discovers Suong, an opera singer to-be, languishing in poverty. He marries his star. During the war, Hung becomes unemployed while Suong's career prospers, singing for troops and 'up the scale' for the newly formed regime. Pure Spring is a lyrical metaphor for reflecting on memories of simpler times and natural, raw talent. Flashbacks contrast the pre-war elation of love to post-war failed love due to one partner's isolation.The latter is due to rejection by a corrupt new set of political players.
The author's life story of first being a total convert to Communism and then becoming an outspoken advocate for human rights and democratic reform has kept her several observant books banned in her home country. But her evocative books are critically acclaimed abroad. Quite a heroine in her own right!
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