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Book Review: “Secrets and Shadows” — Lessons of the Past

May 25, 2018
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Roberta Silman’s engaging and deeply felt novel is a reminder of what it means to carry a historical burden on both a personal and national level.

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Book Review: A Rat’s Tale

May 2, 2010
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Readers should not be put off by the title, for this is a splendid novel, interesting in the risks it takes, in its ambition and scope—a book that deserves to be savored and discussed. Rat by Fernanda Eberstadt, Knopf, 304 pages, $25.95 Reviewed by Roberta Silman They have always been with us, those “casual offspring,”…

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Book Review: Elizabeth Graver’s “Kantika” — A Vibrant Portrait of Bravery

April 13, 2023
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Kantika is Elizabeth Graver’s poignant homage to her grandmother, but it is also a testament to her talent as a storyteller, to make a narrative so believable and compelling and, indeed, sometimes funny, just as it is in life.

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Book Review: An Outstanding “List”

November 30, 2011
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Although he has set himself an ambitious task with all that is happening in “The List,” Martin Fletcher has complete command of this material and has created a complex novel that is also a good thriller.

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Book Review: Andrea Barrett’s Magical “Natural History”

February 11, 2023
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Although science is Andrea Barrett’s springboard, she is writing fiction about the people who do scientific research and teach it: memorable people who have hearts and secrets and feelings and hopes and dreams and goals.

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Book Review: “Caught” — Running Drugs, Harum-Scarum Style

March 12, 2014
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Given all the terror and brutality we have lived through just in the thirteen years of this new, 21st century, the story of people running drugs back in the ’70s doesn’t seem to have much urgency.

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Book Review: “Letters to Camondo” — An Essential Testament to Jewish Memory and History

February 1, 2022
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This is an extraordinarily beautiful book, its present tense prose creating “an atmosphere of literature,” in Virginia Woolf’s words, its honest probing as illuminating as anything you will read about what it means to be Jewish.

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Book Review: Irish Author Claire Keegan Hits Her Stride

November 4, 2022
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In Claire Keegan’s fiction, each sentence matters and each, sometimes very ordinary, action has real consequences.

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Book Review: An Uneven “Bottomland”

April 5, 2016
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Perhaps in the future Michelle Hoover will let her very real talent take her into the unknown, where narrative and myth merge.

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Book Review: Classic Coming-of-Age?—The Chester Chronicles

October 24, 2010
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Kermit Moyer’s exquisitely written book, conceived with the greatest care and written with an art that conveys artlessness (the highest art of all), is a welcome addition to the American canon. The Chester Chronicles by Kermit Moyer. Permanent Press, 231 pages, $28. By Roberta Silman. As the epigraph for his first novel, Kermit Moyer quotes…

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