BLUE DUETS by Kathleen Wall

Lila Jameson is a professional pianist living in Montreal. She specializes in chamber music — that is, playing with one or two other musicians rather than solo — so intense intimate interactions with others are an integral part of her life. But right now, her musical exchanges are in danger of being eclipsed by her personal ones. Her mother is dying of cancer and has rejected further treatments. Her husband, Rob, a professor of history, has become distant and Lila suspects an affair. Her daughter, Lindsay, is breaking up with her boyfriend. And Lila herself, at fifty-three, feels herself at a crossroads of her life, both blind and naked at the same time.

September 23, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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NEXT by James Hynes

A few weeks ago on NPR, there was a discussion: “What Does it Take For You to Give up on a Book?” Reading the novel NEXT reminds me of that discussion because while most of the novel is good, it is the last 50 or so pages that is especially gripping reading. If, as some readers on that NPR show admitted, you put down the book prematurely you’d miss it. So it’s best to work this one through.

July 3, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU by Elizabeth Berg

Why would anyone want to attend their fortieth high school reunion? We find out in Elizabeth Berg’s bittersweet novel, THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU. The author introduces us to a diverse group of people in their late fifties who still remember what it was like to be an adolescent at Whitley High.

May 22, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU by Jonathan Tropper

The book is told in the voice of Judd Foxman. It starts off with Judd finding out that his wife of ten years is cheating on him with his boss, a radio jock. Shortly after realizing he’s a cuckold, he gets a call from his sister telling him that their father died and that his father wanted them to sit Shiva. (This is a Jewish ritual that the immediate family participates in for seven days after the death of a loved one). Judd immediately leaves for his mother’s house to meet up with his two brothers, his sister, and his mother.

September 23, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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Duncan and Lily’s marriage is on the brink of disaster. They hope that by spending part of the summer in Osterhagen, in upstate New York, they will have a change of environment and a more peaceful setting than they had in their home in Manhattan, in which to work out their problems. They are heading up to Osterhagen when, suddenly, as if in a suicidal gesture, a wild boar runs into their car and gets caught, nearly dead, on their bumper….

September 17, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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TROUBLE by Kate Christensen

Josie is in trouble, much more trouble than she’d ever imagined. She’s in the kind of trouble that eats you up from the inside out, not the kind where you worry about being harmed by outsiders. She is also feeling a sense of sexual freedom and wanting to explore these feelings. This book is best read in a cool place with the air conditioning on – no tight bodices and no long sleeves!

September 5, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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