Category Archives: Fiction

The Testament by John Grisham

Troy Phelan has three ex-wives, six rotten children and an estate worth 11 billion dollars.  He gathers them together to witness the signing of his will, making sure the heirs have psychiatrists on hand to swear Mr. Phelan is of … Continue reading

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Middlemarch by George Eliot

George Eliot tackles the timeless problems of life in a small community in her classic novel Middlemarch.  First off, Eliot tackles young romance and the sometimes misguided approach to marriage.  Dorothea becomes enamored of a much older man, Mr. Casaubon, because he … Continue reading

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Transatlantic by Colum McCann

Packaged in a series of short stories, Colum McCann’s Transatlantic shows the connections between random lives in Ireland and the United States.  The stories feature such notable figures as Jack Alcock and Arthur Brown, Frederick Douglass, and Senator George Mitchell. … Continue reading

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The Invention Of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Set in Charleston in the early 19th century, Sue Monk Kidd presents a work of historical fiction about the Grimke sisters – two real life abolitionists.  They grew up in a slave-owning family and eventually settled in the North, writing … Continue reading

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Is This Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt

Lewis lives in a nice suburban, Massachusetts, neighborhood with his divorced mother.  It’s the 1950’s, and social stigmas still reign – making the divorce and their Jewish background a reason for neighbors to keep their distance.  But Lewis manages to … Continue reading

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Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson

Pete is a social worker in western Montana, but it seems like his life is almost as messed up as the clients he tries to help.  From a sexually abused boy, to a youth whose father is convinced the world … Continue reading

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Valley Of The Horses by Jean M. Auel

In this sequel to The Clan of the Cave Bear, The Valley of the Horses begins when Ayla is banished from the clan, and she heads north in search of Others like herself.  She ends up spending years alone, with only a … Continue reading

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