Phillipa Gregory’s ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’

This is about Phillipa Gregory’s novel The Other Boleyn Girl, not the film adaptation of the same name, which I had a whole separate lot of issues with. Discussion of both book, film and original television adaptation are welcome. I first read Phillipa Gregory’s The Other Boleyn Girl about two years ago, and absolutely loved […]

Wideacre – Phillipa Gregory

Warning, possible incest and rape triggers. Phillipa Gregory’s Wideacre is the worst book I’ve read in some time – and that includes Salem Falls. Jodi Picoult fell back on atrocious stereotypes – Gregory’s brand of crap requires some imagination. Wideacre follows the story of Beatrice Lacey, of Wideacre, a large English farm dating back to […]

Murder Most Royal – Jean Plaidy

Jean Plaidy’s Murder Most Royal tells the story of cousins Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard, second and fifth wives to Henry VIII and the ones with the dubious honour of being the two that he had beheaded. The historical narrative of this book is a little disjointed – it skims over the third and forth […]

‘Salem Falls’ – Jodi Picoult

I really wanted to like Jodi Picoult’s Salem Falls. I’ve enjoyed other novels of hers – particularly Nineteen Minutes – and the history buff in me is a sucker for anything which promises persecution based on ignorance and fear and has Salem in the title. But Picoult fails royally with Salem Falls, primarily because of […]

The Lace Makers of Glenmara — Heather Barbieri

Lace Makers focuses on the trials and tribulations of Kate, a fashion designer, who’s fled to Ireland to escape the memories of a doomed relationship, her mother’s death from cancer, and the debacle of her most recent fashion show. She bounces around the country, finally finding herself in Glenmara. By chance, she befriends the ladies […]

Excerpted from Commencement by J. Courtney

Hey all! New book coming out focusing on women’s friendships! Bonus points for being set (in part) at SMITH, my alma mater! ————————— Sullivan: COMMENCEMENT Part One SMITH ALUMNAE QUARTERLY Spring 2006 Class Notes CLASS OF ’02 Robin Hughes graduates from Northwestern this May with a master’s in public health. She lives in Chicago with […]

20 on the 2..3rd????

EGADS! 20 on the 20th is stuck in the pipeline til Monday March 23rd. SADFACE. Here’s a quick teaser for what’s coming up! Pat Cadigan: Why doesn’t anybody ever ask some young guy how he juggles fatherhood with a writing career? I’m dying to hear that answer. The OTHER Maria: Heh, isn’t that what The Shining‘s […]