March (Geraldine Brooks)

I’ve reviewed several of Geraldine Brooks’ novels on my blog, and have enjoyed them all, so I decided it was time to try March (her only novel to win a Pulitzer). You could describe March as a spin-off of Little Women.  Sort of.  It would be radically unfair, though, because “spin-off” tends to bring to … Continue reading March (Geraldine Brooks)

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Middle Passage (Charles Johnson)

Middle Passage was not at all what I expected it to be.  I expected a historical novel about, well, the Middle Passage.  Which Middle Passage is, in the most basic sense.  But it’s also an adventure story, and a short-but-dense philosophical musing on race, identity and America.  In the end, the best description I can … Continue reading Middle Passage (Charles Johnson)

Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague (Geraldine Brooks)

I read Geraldine Brooks’ novel Caleb’s Crossing a few months ago, and loved it. After that, I discovered Brooks had a number of other novels, most of which sounded equally fascinating, and decided to start with Year of Wonders. It’s also set in the 17th century, but that wasn’t the reason. Rather, Year of Wonders … Continue reading Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague (Geraldine Brooks)