Fiction

Readers Review:  "The Corrections" by Jonathan Franzen

Readers Review: "The Corrections" by Jonathan Franzen

September 22, 2010

Listeners are invited to join Diane for a conversation about the novel which put author Jonathan Franzen on the literary map. "The Corrections" is a tragic-comic look at an American family at the end of the twentieth century as each of...

Richard Harvell: "The Bells"

Richard Harvell: "The Bells"

September 14, 2010

A new novel takes us from an abbey in rural Switzerland to the slums and courts of 18 th century Vienna to tell the story of a singer worshiped by opera lovers as an angel. The beauty and tragedy behind this voice.

Per Petterson:  "I Curse the River of Time"

Per Petterson: "I Curse the River of Time"

September 13, 2010

The story of a man dealing with divorce, a dying parent and lost identity at the end of the cold war. Best-selling Norwegian author Per Petterson on a son's attempt to finally connect with the mother he adores.

Readers' Review:  "A Room With a View" by E.M. Forster

Readers' Review: "A Room With a View" by E.M. Forster

August 25, 2010

Our August Readers' Review discusses this classic novel about a middle-class, 19th century British girl who vacations in Florence.

Richard Morais:  "The Hundred-Foot Journey"

Richard Morais: "The Hundred-Foot Journey"

July 28, 2010

From kitchens in Mumbai to London, the French Alps and finally Paris, a new novel explores the mysteries of food, family and destiny.

Readers' Review: "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larsson

Readers' Review: "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larsson

July 21, 2010

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" features a middle-aged investigative journalist and a youthful computer hacker struggling with personal demons. It is the first book of a Scandinavian crime fiction trilogy by Stieg Larsson. He died four...

Ayelet Waldman: "Red Hook Road"

Ayelet Waldman: "Red Hook Road"

July 13, 2010

Set in a village in coastal Maine, the novel tells the story of two families who experience a great tragedy that rips them apart and brings them together.

Readers' Review:  "Little Bee" by Chris Cleave

Readers' Review: "Little Bee" by Chris Cleave

May 26, 2010

The May Readers’ Review: A discussion of “Little Bee” by Chris Cleave. It’s the story of a teenage Nigerian girl and an educated British couple whose tragic encounter on an African beach forever alters their lives.

E.O. Wilson: "Anthill" (Rebroadcast)

May 17, 2010

The first novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist E. O. Wilson. It's the story of a boy transformed by an improbable love of ants. He risks everything, even his life, to save their pristine habitat in the wetlands of Alabama.

Isabel Allende: "Island Beneath the Sea"

Isabel Allende: "Island Beneath the Sea"

May 5, 2010

Why Isabel Allende chose slavery as the subject of her new novel.

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