Category Archives: Fiction

North And South by John Jakes

Back in 1985, I was one of millions who swooned over the southern charm of Patrick Swayze’s character, Orry Main, in the television adaption of John Jakes’ novel North and South.  I still have a soft spot for the story, and … Continue reading

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Pompeii by Robert Harris

I was curious how Robert Harris would write a novel about the day Mt. Vesuvius erupted and buried the city of Pompeii.  Could he make it interesting?  How would he go about it? I’m a sucker for apocalyptic movies.  I … Continue reading

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The Truth According To Us by Annie Barrows

Set in West Virginia during the Great Depression, The Truth According To Us is one of those novels that sneaks up on you.  You know, the kind that has you going along, in all pleasantness, and then you realize that you’ve … Continue reading

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The Black Flower by Howard Bahr

Set during and after the Battle of Franklin in the U.S. Civil War, The Black Flower is a powerful telling of the destruction of war on the human psyche as well as the body.   There are two main characters in … Continue reading

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The Tilted World by Tom Franklin

In 1927, the lower Mississippi River Valley experienced a behemoth flood – spreading water up to 30 feet deep across 27,000 miles, killing hundreds in it’s path and making thousands of people homeless.  In The Tilted World, Tom Franklin uses this … Continue reading

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The Master’s Muse by Varley O’Connor

I set aside April to read several books with ballet as a theme.  With this, my third book, I delve into the world of George Balanchine, the “master” of dancer and famed choreographer of the New York City Ballet.  The … Continue reading

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My Name is Resolute by Nancy E. Turner

Do you love historical fiction?  Do you enjoy a gripping adventure?  Do you have the time to read a 600 page page-turner? If you answered “yes” to these questions, My Name is Resolute is a must read for you! The novel … Continue reading

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