Category Archives: Fiction

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Characters from real life

The central characters in these novels are based on the lives of real people.  “The Courtesan” by Alexandra Gambrill Curry is based on the life and times of Sai Jinhua (1872–1936), a  courtesan during the reign of China’s last emperor. this book … Continue reading

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Novel Settings

InIHere are two novels set in times and places other than our own.   In “The Girl from the Garden” by Parnaz Foroutan, an elderly woman pieces together the tragedy of her ancestors’ Iranian Jewish household.  When Rakhel married Asher Malacouti, … Continue reading

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Thrills, Chills, Romance

In “Patriot” by Ted Bell, Alex Hawke thwarts Puti-Put’s latest plot to destroy the free world (they even kidnap his kid. Sheesh).  In “The Solomon Curse” by Clive Cussler, Sam and Remi Fargo seek to recover Tsunami-sunken treasure in the Pacific.  … Continue reading

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Maine tales

The 15 loosely connected stories in Beattie’s latest collection, The State We’re In, are set on Maine’s southern coast. They feature drifting adults and their rootless offspring.  The stories turn on seemingly unimportant moments that are, in fact, critical.  Thus “Adirondack … Continue reading

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