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The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

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May 23, 2020

I didn't expect a novel about building a cathedral to be as gripping as this was. That said, there were some things I just couldn't get past.

February 2, 2017

Sahota’s second novel is a sweeping, lyrical epic that traces the lives of four young Indians of varying legality as they struggle to make their way in an England that is less welcoming than they expected. It tells their stories: what they have run away from, who they...

August 9, 2016

Robert Morgan has widely published his poetry and fiction over the past few years. His work has been included in an O’Henry Awards anthology, selected as the Appalachian Writers Association as Book of the Year, selected for Oprah’s Book Club and a New York Times Bestse...

June 11, 2016

One of the criteria by which I judge my enjoyment of a book is the degree to which I am immersed in it. When the awareness of the words on the page falls away and I’m sucked into the world of the book, the thoughts of the characters, and forget that I’m reading – that...

January 31, 2016

Triggered by an overheard snippet at a dinner, “So I jumped out of a tree, and I killed him with my knife,” Helen Shankman’s collection of eight connected stories set in Poland during the German occupation is a masterpiece of narrative structure and psychological explo...

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