Category Archives: Contemporary literary fiction

A story to savor

Bob Moyer reviews a book he says takes a familiar story and makes it new, a story that’s a pleasure to read. Reviewed by Robert P. Moyer THIS TENDER LAND. By William Kent Krueger. Atria. 460 pages. $27.  You’ve met … Continue reading

Posted in Contemporary literary fiction | Tagged | Leave a comment

She’s back…

Reviewed by Linda C. Brinson OLIVE, AGAIN. by Elizabeth Strout. Random House Audio. Read by Kimberly Farr. 12 1/2 hours; 10 CDs. $45. Also available in print from Random House. Anyone who met Olive Kitteridge in Elizabeth’s Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning … Continue reading

Posted in Audio Books, Contemporary literary fiction | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Our boys, our nation

Here’s the latest from our roaming correspondent, Bob Moyer, ever an eclectic and thoughtful reader. Reviewed by Robert P. Moyer NICKEL BOYS. By Colson Whitehead. Doubleday. 213 pages. $24.95 Colson Whitehead is an important writer. He’s a good, sometimes great … Continue reading

Posted in Contemporary literary fiction | Tagged | Leave a comment

Young men, and love and war

Reviewed by Linda C. Brinson CHANCES ARE… By Richard Russo. 11 ½ hours. 9 CDs. Read by Fred Sanders. $40. Also available in print from Knopf. 301 pages, $26.95. Some books are considered “women’s fiction,” a label that does not … Continue reading

Posted in Audio Books, Contemporary literary fiction | Tagged | Leave a comment

Sons and mothers and Jackie O.

Reviewed by Linda C. Brinson THE EDITOR. By Steven Rowley. Penguin Audio. Read by Michael Lee. 10 ½ hours. 9 CDs. $40. Also available in print from G. P. Putnam’s Sons. What an original and wonderful idea for a book: … Continue reading

Posted in Audio Books, Contemporary literary fiction | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The courage to love

Reviewed by Linda C. Brinson WE MUST BE BRAVE. By Frances Liardet. Penguin Audio. Read by Jayne Entwistle and Juliet Mills. 16 hours; 13 CDs. $66. Also available in print from G. P. Putnam’s Sons. This beautiful, moving novel is … Continue reading

Posted in Audio Books, Contemporary literary fiction | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

A book for those who love books, bookshops and mysteries

I somehow misplaced this review when Bob Moyer submitted it last fall. He politely nudged me to find and post it.  And now I won’t rest until I have the book. Reviewed by Robert P. Moyer THE BOOKSHOP OF YESTERDAYS. … Continue reading

Posted in Contemporary literary fiction, Mysteries, Popular fiction | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

A North Carolina marvel

Bob Moyer has visited my territory, reviewing a new novel set in coastal North Carolina. I’m glad he did. I’m eager to read this one myself. Now if we could just get Bob to come visit these marshes in person… … Continue reading

Posted in Contemporary literary fiction, Southern Fiction | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Richard Russo, times two

I don’t know when Bob Moyer finds time to read and  review books when he’s always traveling, playing pétanque and writing haiku, but I’m glad he does. Reviewed by Robert P. Moyer THE DESTINY THIEF:  Essays on Writing, Writers and … Continue reading

Posted in Essays, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The American dream – or nightmare?

Reviewed by Linda C. Brinson LAKE SUCCESS. By Gary Shteyngart. Random House Audio. 13 ½ hours; 11 CDs. Read by Arthur Morey and Soneela Nankani. $40. Also available in print from Random House. Barry Cohen is a hedge-fund manager who … Continue reading

Posted in Audio Books, Contemporary literary fiction | Tagged , , | 1 Comment