Category Archives: realistic fiction

Clock Dance – Anne Tyler

Willa has always been the one to calm things down, smooth things over. Starting with her mother’s volatility, she was the child who made things better. We get little glimpses of her life as she hones her skill as a … Continue reading

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Us Against You – Fredrik Backman, translated by Neil Smith

It is summer in Beartown. The citizens are trying to come to grips with the impossible events of the previous winter, and they are doing pretty good. Until they learn that the hockey club is bankrupt and will be disbanded. … Continue reading

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Winterfolk – Janel Kolby

At one time, when Rain was a little child, she had a home and a mother.  Then she and her father lived in a car.  Now, they live in a tent in the woods outside of Seattle where they have … Continue reading

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A Time of Love and Tartan: A 44 Scotland Street Novel – Alexander McCall Smith

It was lovely to be back in Edinburgh among the folk of Scotland Street, and to catch up on what has been happening. Let’s see . . . Pat is tempted to get involved with Bruce again, Matthew and Elspeth … Continue reading

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Slider – Pete Hautman

From the publisher: David can eat an entire sixteen-inch pepperoni pizza in four minutes and thirty-six seconds. Not bad. But he knows he can do better. In fact, he’ll have to do better: he’s going to compete in the Super … Continue reading

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Wild Bird – Wendelin Van Draanen

From the publisher: 3:47 a.m. That’s when they come for Wren Clemens. She’s hustled out of her house and into a waiting car, then a plane, and then taken on a forced march into the desert. This is what happens … Continue reading

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A Distant View of Everything: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (11) – Alexander McCall Smith

Isabel and Jamie have added a new baby, Magnus, to the family, much to four-year-old Charlie’s dislike. “Don’t need a baby”, he firmly announced. But even with a new baby and a disgruntled older brother, Isabel finds time to investigate … Continue reading

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