Category Archives: Time travel

You have to give it time

The Wells Bequest (2013), Polly Shulman. In an unplanned tag-team review, I’m following up on a book Calmgrove reviewed last fall, Polly Shulman’s The Grimm Legacy (the review of which you can read here). That novel introduced us to the New-York Circulating Material … Continue reading

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Found it!

It must be tough to compete for attention with people like Henry James and characters like EF Benson’s Mapp and Lucia. I went to Rye today, specifically to visit the former home of James, Benson and others, but also to look … Continue reading

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Shades of stories past

It’s probably impossible now for any narrator to be more unusual than Death in The Book Thief, but McNeal’s narrator in Far Far Away comes pretty close. Set in modern times, in a lonesome prairie town called Never Better, this … Continue reading

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A mulligan is a do-over, and I’m sure everyone, at some point, wishes for a chance to do-over some life-changing stupidity. I suspect l’esprit de l’escalier is mulligan-like wishful-thinking: in our imaginations we are much more clever than we are in … Continue reading

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