Labels: A Lighter Touch

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Can't Wait to Get to Heaven
Fannie Flagg, 2006
375 pp.

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
October 2007

You can't help but love this book. It's warm, funny, and at times a real belly-guffaw. While not a "social novel" in the true literary sense, it's close enough for our "Lighter Touch" novel.

Flagg returns her readers to Elmwood Springs, a small tightly-knit community in Missouri, whose residents fret and scramble and cogitate when one of their own lies near death...or is dead... or hangs somewhere in between.
 

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The Whole World Over
Julia Glass, 2006
512 pp.

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
October 2007

I was feeling dejected—having just finished a number of books by well-known authors, none of which I could recommend. Then I picked up this beautiful book, and it may well be my recent favorite, along with Bel Canto.

Julia Glass (author of Three Junes, a 2002 National Book Award winner) populates this novel with a large cast of characters, each provided with a rich past and generous inner life.
 
Labels: Great Works

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Middlemarch
George Eliot, 1871-72
~800 pp. (varies by publisher)

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
October 2007

This is one of the great works in English literature. And like reading many such works, it's an ambitious undertaking. You'll need time and perseverance (my copy comes in at over 800 pages).

Have I scared you off? Well, you need to know what you're in for. But if you choose to read this work—and stick with it—it will enthrall you. There is good reason why Middlemarch sits at the pinnacle of the Realistic novel.
 

LitPicks Book Reviews—September 2007

Theme— Novel of Ideas
These works masquerade as fiction. They tell a good story, but underneath the narrative mask of plot and character lie academic and social issues—serious ideas the author wants to work out. But don't let that scare you off! These are terrific stories..
 

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