Reading Delijani's novel is like peeping into the living rooms of families torn apart by revolution and political strife. Three generations try to hold their lives together, to find and sustain love, to support their families, to heal from unspeakable wounds, and to live with unthinkable absences. It is a deeply moving story of life, death, persecution, and survival.
Chuck Klosterman's fiction is by no means as impressive as his nonfiction, but Visible Man works because it takes the best elements of his essays -- the insightful pop culture references, the impossible ethical dilemmas, and the serious, almost scientific approach to inane subjects -- and inserts them into a compelling plotline.
I adored this wonderfully quirky love story. Professor Don Tillman’s brain works just a little bit differently (think Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory) and his systematic, rational procedure for finding a wife is totally thrown off-kilter by the entrance of Rosie and his own unpredictable and illogical emotional responses. Simsion combines a good dose of humor with a tender and authentic romance. It’s a genuine feel-good book.
This novel stunned me. At its end, I realized I would be forever haunted—truly, there is no better word to describe the vibration left behind after reading this book. Fusing fact and fiction, the book is based on a true crime that took place in 1931. It is not a sensationalist recounting; instead it delves into the inner lives and spirits of the crime victims and those close to them. There are photographs (lifted from real archives) of the characters and the settings that surrounded them, interspersed within the chapters that give the lost voice and breath. While this could be macabre in another writer’s hand, in Phillips’, the writing is filled with life.
It’s been 36 years since Stephen King published The Shining, and now we finally get to see what happened to little psychic Danny Torrance. Danny has since grown up and moved to New England to escape what happened between his father and the Overlook Hotel... and we all know that when King writes in New England, things get otherworldly. Suffice to say that a prescient cat, immortal predators, and the ongoing battle of good vs. evil are involved.