Monthly Archives: May 2015

Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist Recap: Rachel Cusk || Outline

https://booksandliliane.wordpress.com/2015/05/28/rachel-cusk-outline/ Our main character is in Athens for seven days, giving a summer course in writing. We get to know her well through conversations she has with friends and students. She is a woman who stands behind her decisions and does … Continue reading

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Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist Recap: Ali Smith || How To Be Both

https://booksandliliane.wordpress.com/2014/10/05/ali-smith-how-to-be-both/ Incredible novel in which we get to know the two main characters through each others eyes. The novel turned out to be printed in two versions: each version starting with a different main character. In my version a renaissance … Continue reading

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The Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction Recap: Laline Paull || The Bees

https://booksandliliane.wordpress.com/2015/04/22/laline-paull-the-bees/ I was intrigued by the world of Fiona 717, a low-ranking bee who develops in unexpected ways. I loved the way Paull combined the cruelty and atrocities in the bee world (including fierce fights with major enemy: the wasp) … Continue reading

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Rachel Cusk || Outline

In Outline hardly anything happens. The main character, the omnipotent I, takes us along in a week spent in Athens as a teacher of a writing course. In Greece she spends time with friends, old and new. A large part … Continue reading

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A Bailey’s Prize Short List Recap: Sarah Waters || The Paying Guest

https://booksandliliane.wordpress.com/2014/11/22/sarah-waters-the-paying-guests/ A terrific novel combining crime (a murder) with a serious theme. It will not come as a surprise that in Waters’ case this has to do with women being powerless to decide their own fate let alone be allowed … Continue reading

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A Bailey’s Short List recap: Anne Tyler || A Spool of Blue Thread

https://booksandliliane.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/anne-tyler-a-spool-of-blue-thread/ A Spool of Blue Thread is a beautiful novel about an American family that stays clear from too much feel good by adding some disorders into the family. At the end Tyler adds the real nasty’s: she sheds some … Continue reading

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Jill Alexander Essbaum || Hausfrau

I had already written some lines on Hausfrau but had not yet had the possibility to copy the text into my blog. Some days passed and  I noticed that I started thinking differently about what I had said. Not so much about … Continue reading

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Jenny Offill || Dept. Of Speculation

It’s not this often I’m at a loss about a novel: do I or don’t I like Dept. Of Speculation? I definitely liked the structure. Offille chose to write her novel in fragments of thought: from start, to miscarriage, to … Continue reading

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Patrick Gale || A Place Called Winter

The Place called winter is Canada, early 1900’s. Harry Cane has started his own farm on the uninhabitable, harsh and unexploited Canadian land. A career move that caught him by surprise. Harry used to be a wealthy heir who could … Continue reading

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Anne Tyler || A Spool of Blue Thread

At 2/3rd of the novel A Spool becomes edgy. Having followed an well-known concept Tyler surprises with an unexpected twist. She reveals the truth behind some family stories; the family myths turn out to be slightly less idyllic. Anne Tyler … Continue reading

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