Fiction

Geraldine Brooks: "Caleb's Crossing" (Rebroadcast)

Geraldine Brooks: "Caleb's Crossing" (Rebroadcast)

September 5, 2011

In 1665 a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard. This little-known fact inspires Geraldine Brooks’ latest novel: imagining love, loss and the struggle to bridge cultural divides.

Justin Torres:  "We The Animals"

Justin Torres: "We The Animals"

August 30, 2011

Author Justin Torres presents a portrait of the joys and heartbreaks of family. His first novel, based upon his own life,tells the story of three inseparable brothers, their white mother and Puerto Rican father.

Readers' Review: "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Readers' Review: "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

August 24, 2011

This month's Readers' Review is a charming book about reading, letters and life on the island of Guernsey during and after World War II.

Michael Crummey: "Galore" (Rebroadcast)

Michael Crummey: "Galore" (Rebroadcast)

August 23, 2011

The folklore of Newfoundland comes alive in a new novel about love and survival. It's the fanciful story of two feuding families who battle the superstition, the elements, and each other for two hundred years

Ellen Feldman:  "Next to Love"

Ellen Feldman: "Next to Love"

August 8, 2011

A novelist examines World War II from the perspective of the women left behind. It’s a story about war, love and scars that never go away.

Alice LaPlante:  "Turn of Mind"

Alice LaPlante: "Turn of Mind"

August 3, 2011

A mystery novel with a twist: the suspect suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and can’t remember if she's killed her friend. The author draws upon her own mother’s illness to create a moving portrait of a woman with dementia.

Melanie Benjamin: "The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb"

August 1, 2011

She was a 19th-century woman who stood only 32 inches tall. But she refused to let her gender or her size define her. An historical novel about the real-life Mrs. Tom Thumb.

Tayari Jones: "Silver Sparrow"

Tayari Jones: "Silver Sparrow"

July 6, 2011

A novel about two girls with the same father. One knows; the other doesn't. Exploring the cascading psychological effects of family secrets.

Readers' Review: "Gilead" by Marilynne Robinson

June 29, 2011

A Readers' Review of "Gilead" by Marilynne Robinson: The novel is written in the form of a letter from an aging preacher to his young son, reflecting on the mysteries of life.

Ann Patchett: "State of Wonder"

Ann Patchett: "State of Wonder"

June 8, 2011

Author Ann Patchett talks about her latest novel, "State of Wonder," an adventure story about a quest in the Amazon.

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