Broken Glass Park

Broken Glass Park

Rating:  Broken Glass Park, by Alina Bronsky. Translated from German by Tim Mohr. Europa Editions (2010), 211 pages. Broken Glass Park is a coming of age novel originally published in Germany (so I suppose I should properly refer to it as a Bildungsroman). ...
The Angel’s Game

The Angel’s Game

Rating:  The Angel’s Game, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Anchor Books (2010), 531 pages. Blech. What a relief to be done with this. And what an unexpected turn of events, given that the first third of the book was quite enjoyable. As good as Shadow of the Wind! I...
Freedom

Freedom

Rating:  Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2010), 562 pages. Much like my favorite story-tellers of the 19th century  (Tolstoy, Flaubert, Austen, the Brontes) Franzen begins his novels with the description of a family, and then simply...
The God of Animals

The God of Animals

Rating:  The God of Animals, by Aryn Kyle. Scribner (2007), 305 pages. This was another one of those serendipitously happy discoveries in which the book isn’t yours and you don’t mean to give it serious consideration; you only picked it up because you...
Beauty

Beauty

(This review first appeared in November 2005) Rating:  Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty & the Beast, by Robin McKinley. Harper Trophy (1978), 245 pages. This is a young adult book (ages ten and up, according to Harper Trophy) that doesn’t so...