The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore (1955)

Poor Judith. That's the only way I can think of her. I can't remember the last time I pitied a character in a novel as much. And it's not because she lives alone, it's not because her looks lean toward the unfortunate, and it's not because she spent years taking care of her sick aunt. … Continue reading The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore (1955)

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#ReadingIreland18: John Boyne and Maggie O’Farrell

Reading Ireland Month is hosted by Cathy at 746Books and Niall at The Fluff is Raging. I made it with two days left to spare! Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne I have now read three of Boyne's books for children and none of his adult books. I don't know why this … Continue reading #ReadingIreland18: John Boyne and Maggie O’Farrell

A Round-Up of Short Works: William Trevor, Robert J. Wiersema, and Lawrence Hill

Nights at the Alexandra by William Trevor This book was recommended to me by Don at Uncle Bardie's Stories & Such. And I am very grateful. A few years ago, I read Trevor's Love and Summer, which I thought was good but not quite enough to send me running to read more of his books. … Continue reading A Round-Up of Short Works: William Trevor, Robert J. Wiersema, and Lawrence Hill

Reading Ireland: Academy Street and On Canaan’s Side

March was Reading Ireland month, hosted by Cathy at 746Books. I was hoping to read at least one book by an Irish author that month, but it didn't happen. So, now, here are two. Better late than never, right Cathy? When I read that Academy Street was Kim's book of the year on her blog Reading Matters, … Continue reading Reading Ireland: Academy Street and On Canaan’s Side