Not crazy about these three:
My Struggle: Book Two: A Man in Love; Knausgård, Karl Ove; translated by Don Bartlett.
I only made it to page 200 before I decided I'd had enough.
In the Night of Time; Molina, Antonio Muñoz; translated by Edith Grossman
Just couldn't really get into this. I think I'll try it again in a couple of months. (I might also give the Knausgård another try.)
The Islands; Gamerro, Carlos; translated by Ian Barnett
Read on Kindle (my copy). Long passages on the development of a computer game really distracted from the story. All that techie stuff may have been fascinating a few years ago when this was first published, but now it seems dated and unnecessary.
These two were very heavy, glad I read them but they were disturbing.
Back to Back; Franck, Julia; translated by Anthea Bell
The Dark Road; Jian, Ma; translated by Flora Drew
Discussed these two in an earlier post (March 22, 2014)
The Golem and the Jinni; Wecker, Helene (Kindle from library)
The Hakawati; Alameddine, Rabih
Of this next group Live Bait and Wake were the best, but all were good
Live Bait; Genovesi, Fabio; translated by Michael Moore (Advance electronic review copy)
This was a fun coming of age story. Epub is my least favorite way to read an ARC.
Wake; Hope, Anna
Am enjoying the World War I novels currently being published.
A Circle of Wives; LaPlante, Alice
A mystery-who killed the
Attachments; Rowell, Rainbow (Kindle from library)
The Moon Sisters; Walsh, Therese (Advance review copy)
Didn't like this at first but it kind of grew on me.
Belle Cora; Margulies, Phillip
Can't resist historical novels set in San Francisco- this was a good one.
The Wind Is Not a River; Payton, Brian
World War II in the Aleutian Islands.
Little Bee; Cleave, Chris
Nigerian girl in UK
Two that were disappointing:
Bellman & Black: A Ghost Story; Setterfield, Diane
Was so-so on her The Thirteenth Tale and decided to give her another chance-shouldn't have bothered.
A Burnable Book; Holsinger, Bruce
Interesting subject, he knows his stuff but I don't care for his writing style.
Three really good collections.
Bark: Stories; Moore, Lorrie Excellent review of this by Joyce Carol Oates in NRB
Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge; Orner, Peter
Snow in May: Stories; Melnik, Kseniya (review copy from Library Thing)
A Taste for Intrigue: The Multiple Lives of François Mitterrand; Short, Philip (Advance review copy from Goodreads)
Excellent! I'd say it was my best read of the month, but it actually took me a couple of months to read. (Over 600 pages)
Dear Abigail: The Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail Adams and Her Two Remarkable Sisters; Jacobs, Diane
I do like Abigail...and her sisters. Nice to learn more about them.
Uprising: A New Age is Dawning for Every Mother's Daughter; Armstrong, Sally
(Advance review copy from Goodreads) This was ok. It should be read by people who probably won't read it.
George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution; Kilmeade, Brian (Kindle from library)
Not very well written.
Unless otherwise noted, books were physical copies from public libraries.