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Our Little Cruelties – Liz Nugent

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February 14, 2020

Dysfunctional

A psychological drama that paints the most magnificently crafted characters with family interactions that are fascinating, absorbing and downright shocking. The Drumm family, led by the mother Melissa with her three sons, Will, Brian and Luke, seem to be adept at handing out little cruelties (or not so little)…


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Crime Literary Fiction

A Good Father – Catherine Talbot

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February 12, 2020

Neurotic

An unsettling family drama that illustrates the destructive nature of jealousy, selfishness and a crushing dominance on everything in a home and family. A Good Father is well crafted and draws the complexity of human relationships and how damaged personalities can wreak havoc on those around them.

The story is told through…


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Fantasy Humour Literary Fiction Short Stories

The Minotaur’s Son: & other wild tales – Kevin Ansbro

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February 6, 2020

Imaginative

The Minotaur’s Son: & other wild tales is a book of short stories that is unbounded in its imagination and entertainment. A collection of tales that I want to imagine being told around the metaphorical campfire, late at night, when the teller want to enthral and beguile their listeners. Stories…


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Literary Fiction Short Stories

Zenith Man – Jennifer Haigh

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February 1, 2020

Zenith Man is a short story from the Inheritance Collection and is inspired by real events.

“This story begins with a 911 call. The first shock was that Harold Pardee’s wife was dead. The second shock was that he had a wife.”

The opening line held so much promise but the drama…


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Everything My Mother Taught Me – Alice Hoffman

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January 19, 2020

Circumspect

Everything My Mother Taught Me is a poignant story of a mother’s relationship with her daughter, husband, and neighbours. Some women should never be married, some women should never have children, meet Nora Ivie, mother to Adeline. Only a mother that is so narcissistic and devoid of caring for her…


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Literary Fiction Mystery

Big Lies in a Small Town – Diane Chamberlain

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January 18, 2020

Dedication

Big Lies in a Small Town is a stunning story full of mystery, opportunity and loss. It is emotionally absorbing from beginning to end with enthralling secrets and puzzles that maintain a great momentum without dropping gear. The story is told over two time periods from the perspective of two…


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Literary Fiction

Girl, Woman, Other – Bernardine Evaristo

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January 15, 2020

The optimal way for me to experience this novel was to go into it knowing nothing about the story. I only knew that the author was British, a woman, and black. Girl, Woman, Other unfolded for me without preconceptions. Evaristo’s novel explores the lives of people of color, mostly…


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Historical Fiction Literary Fiction

How Beautiful They Were – Boston Teran

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January 10, 2020

Performance

How Beautiful They Were is a beautifully crafted story of adventure through the historical theatre period in England and the United States during the 1830s, 40s and 50s. Packed with drama, racism, revenge, vulnerability and ingenuity, this is an outstanding novel.

John James Beaufort is a talented actor who joins the…


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Literary Fiction Short Stories

The Lion’s Den – Anthony Marra

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December 28, 2019

Fortitude

The Lion’s Den is a beautifully written short story that is fascinating, clever, and insidiously probing. Packed with dark humour and satirical prose the observational settings that are painted are vivid and highly revealing. This is a story of a troubled relationship between father and son, with multiple side reflections…


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Literary Fiction

My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult

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December 5, 2019

Emancipation

My Sister’s Keeper is a hugely compelling novel that explores an agonising moral dilemma of doing everything possible for your child – but can you choose between your children. It is heart-breaking, sensitive, compassionate and superbly written to bring a serious illness and portray it through a novel.

The premise is…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

Founder of The Reading Desk, supporting readers, authors, publishers and book industry. Top Reviewer on Amazon, Goodreads, and NetGalley peter@thereadingdesk.com

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