THE INVERTED FOREST by John Dalton

The dictionary defines “inverted” as reversed, upturned, and this aptly describes the goings on, again and again in John Dalton’s latest novel, The Inverted Forest, an impressive follow-up to his award winning debut, HEAVEN LAKE. That the two stories are quite diverse in setting and subject serves the reader well, as HEAVEN LAKE, set in Taiwan and China, was one of those wondrous, luminous novels difficult to surpass. THE INVERTED FOREST takes place in 1996 in a rural Missouri summer camp, a sun-dappled, bucolic environment that still manages to impart a sense of subliminal unease.

September 21, 2011 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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THE STORY OF A BEAUTIFUL GIRL by Rachel Simon

A generation ago, Geraldo Rivera shocked the nation by exposing the horrendous living conditions at the infamous Willowbrook School — a state-supported institution for children with mental retardation. Now, Rachel Simon creates a fictional rendition of this heartbreaking subject of vulnerable individuals locked in institutions out of sight of society.

August 28, 2011 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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