Archive for August, 2012

The Plot Against America

Added on August 30, 2012

The Plot Against America Philip Roth Houghton Mifflin, U.S.A. 2004 The Plot Against America is an alternative history novel in which antisemitic Charles Lindberg defeats Roosevelt in the 1940 U.S. presidential election. With a wry smile on his face, Roth denied allegations that this book is metaphoric of the George W. Bush presidency. The Plot [...]

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The Piano Man’s Daughter

Added on August 20, 2012

The Piano Man’s Daughter Timothy Findley Harper Collins, Canada, 1995 Openly gay Canadian writer Timothy Findley was nominated for the Giller Prize for this novel, which was adapted into a made-for-TV movie in 2003. Ten years before this book was published, he was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada. He was a founding [...]

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The In-Between World of Vikram Lall

Added on August 14, 2012

The In-Between World of Vikram Lall M. G. Vassanji Random House, Canada, 2003 M. G. Vassanji was born in Kenya, raised in Tunisia, and educated in the U.S. as a nuclear physicist. He moved to Canada in 1978 where he became interested in medieval Indian literature. In the 1980′s, he co-founded and edited a literary [...]

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Mother’s Milk

Added on August 6, 2012

Mother’s Milk Edward St. Aubyn Open City Press, New York, 2005 Mother’s Milk was a finalist for the 2006 Booker Prize. It continues the story of Patrick Melrose, the protagonist from St. Aubyn’s trilogy¬†Some Hope, although only loosely. It is a scathing and witty look at the shifting allegiances within a modern British family struggling [...]

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