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The Goldfinch

An Engrossing and Entertaining Dickensian Tale, By Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, is a Bildungsroman (coming-of-age story) of a boy who survives a terrorist bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The bombing results in his mother’s death and, in the haze of the aftermath, him making off with her favorite […]

The Perfect Letter

Unfortunately, A Very Bad Romance Novel, By Chris Harrison

I’m about as close to an ideal reader could be for this book. I enjoy some chick lit from time to time, I’m a huge Bachelor and Bachelorette fan, I’m originally from Dallas, Texas (where the story is set), and read like a maniac. Moreover, out of loyalty and devotion, I pre-ordered a signed copy, […]

The Dog Stars

A Poetic and Introspective Vision of a Post-Apocalyptic Future, By Peter Heller

The Dog Stars, by Peter Heller, is set in a post-apocalyptic near future where a virulent and aggressive strain of the flu has taken the lives of most of the population of the world, leaving the rest in fear of one another and desperate for survival. The survivors are few and usually those with some […]

The Keep

A Disappointing Attempt at a Literary Gothic Novel, By Jennifer Egan

In The Keep, author Jennifer Egan spins her narrative yarn in in the form of two nested stories. Ray is prison inmate enrolled in a writing workshop. In his writing, we find our second story, one about two estranged cousins who are undergoing a project to renovate a centuries-old castle into a hotel. The two […]

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikrey

A Cute But Imperfect Little Story, By Gabrielle Zevin

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikrey by Gabrielle Zevin is a cute but somewhat sappy little book, with a little melodrama thrown in. A.J. Fikrey is a touchy and argumentative bookstore owner on a small, touristy island town and recent widower. He walks in his store one day to find that a baby has been […]