The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig(see the blog post from 5/14/10) is aptly described as a "gem". Morrie Morgan, one of the main characters of both books, is among my favorite literary characters. Without revealing too many details of The Whistling Season, Morrie reappears a decade later in Butte, Montana where the story of Work Song begins. As America is recovering from World War I, this rough and ready copper-mining to
On the beaches near Lyme Regis, England, young Mary Anning and middle-class spinster Elizabeth Philpot stepped into the early 19th-century world of fossil hunting, a time when fossils challenged established views of God’s creation but excited the scientific community. Mary endlessly searched for these curiosities, not only because she had the “eye” (a remarkable ability to find them), but to sell them to keep her family out of the poorhouse.
Claude and Camille: A Novel of Monet by Stephanie Cowell
The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig is a gem I stumbled upon because the cover art created nostalgia within me (that one-room schoolhouse). I happily discovered that Doig is a master developer of characters, plot, time and place, but most especially language.
Recently, I realized how much pleasure I derive from reading international fiction with an Irish flair; must be that Irish blood coursing through my veins or a previous lifetime spent roaming locales like Donaghadee, Ballyskeagh or Glengormley. I've escaped to settings like these in the Irish Country Doctor series by Patrick Taylor and Heather Barbieri's The Lace Makers of Glenmara.
Conspirata by Robert Harris is a work of historical fiction set in ancient Rome. A sequel to Harris’ novel Imperium, Conspirata continues the story of the life of the great orator and politician Cicero. The book begins in the year 63 B.C., when Cicero was elected consul of Rome.
A new, highly desirable, carefully controlled commodity is about to be introduced to Europe’s markets. Miquel Lienzo is a trader down on his luck, who believes this new gold –“coffee”- could re-establish his credibility – if he can find the funds necessary to carry out an audacious plan.