Books You May Have Missed2022-05-16T22:39:47+00:00

Books You May Have Missed

THE WEIGHT OF INK, A NOVEL BY RACHEL KADISH

I hate to think of what I would have missed if my daughter had not given me this unusually structured, magnificent novel for Christmas, 2021. It was published in 2017. That I had never heard of it is, to me, like being the geologist who didn’t notice an earthquake [...]

THE TRANSIT OF VENUS, by Shirley Hazard

“They were natural and supernatural, in that blank space, like amorous figures from mythology.”     When I was a teenager, in thrall to my hormones, I couldn’t imagine a more enthralling love story than Romeo and Juliet. Then I went to college where I succumbed to English professors’ groupthink that Pride [...]

A DEATH IN THE FAMILY

A DEATH IN THE FAMILY, BY JAMES AGEE, PUBLISHED IN 1938 There are two tragedies associated with this Pulitzer Prize winning novel: the death that is central to the story and the fact that the novel had to be published, and the prize awarded, posthumously. Agee’s fatal heart attack, [...]

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