Archive for July, 2009
When Joe DeMarco, âfixerâ for Speaker of the House John Fitzpatrick Mahoney is called into the Speakerâs office to help him âhelp a friendâ whose reporter son has drowned, he has no idea how his private investigation into the reporterâs death will mushroom into a case which will ultimately affect his partyâs choice of a Presidential candidate. HOUSE SECRETS is the fourth in Mike Lawson’s Joe DeMarco series.
And this brings me to Donald Westlakeâs novel GET REAL. Realizing the capacity for comedy, several authors have taken the idea of reality television and written some very creative and funny books built on the subject: Ben Eltonâs Chart Throb and Dead Famous, for example, and now Westlake tries his hand, and the result is a witty crime caper novel featuring one of Westlakeâs regulars, John Dortmunder.
ROOFTOPS OF TEHRAN is both a bittersweet coming of age tale as well as a story of the tragic loss of innocence.
THE YACOUBIAN BUILDING is a true literary blockbusterââthe best-selling novel in the Middle East for two years and the inspiration for the biggest budget movie ever produced in Egypt,â according to National Geographic. American readers coming to this novel will find it a vibrant and descriptive primer illuminating the various forces in contemporary Egypt that affect its current political climate. It is also a thoughtful analysis of why certain forces are as influential as they are today.
Just when you thought he couldnât get any better, he does. Column McCannâs latest novel, LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN, is a masterpiece of seemingly disparate stories set together into one beautiful whole. The action takes place in the New York of the â70s specifically on one day in 1974 when Philippe Petit made his tightrope walk across the Twin Towers. Even if this is supposed to be a âNew York story,â this is not a sprawling saga with detailed descriptions of time and place. Instead McCann makes the city come alive through the voices of a variety of beautifully painted characters whom he breathes into life in the novel.
July 15, 2009
Âˇ Judi Clark Âˇ 3 Comments
Tags: 1970s, Colum McCann, Real Event Fiction, Time Period Fiction Âˇ Posted in: 2009 Favorites, Facing History, Literary, National Book Award Winner, New York City, y Award Winning Author
Julia Glass, winner of the National Book Award for Three Junes, now brings us I SEE YOU EVERYWHERE, the bursting-at-the-seams account of Louisa and Clem Jardine, two sisters who march down different paths. The novel spans 1980 – 2005 and generally alternates between the sister’s voices, both beginning and ending the rich novel from Louisa’s perspective.