Category Archives: Fiction – Important Award Winners

Progress Report on Lois Lowry’s The Giver (by Jill)

  I’m reading this book for a few reasons: first, my friend Lauren recommended I read The Giver and its sequels; second, I got a new Kindle Paperwhite as an early birthday gift and I wanted to read a book … Continue reading

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Thoughts on José Saramago’s Death with Interruptions (by Jill)

First, off, Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays, and that you’re ready for a new year spent with us here on PfP. When my boss gave me this book, this is how she prefaced it: “I … Continue reading

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And I’m spent…. Final thoughts on Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. (by Jill)

  Finally finished The Goldfinch yesterday afternoon and I’ve been resetting my brain by playing solitaire ever since. No, not the whole time. This book was a roller coaster—it made me feel almost every emotion I can think of at … Continue reading

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In which Jill decides she really dislikes Theo Decker: Progress report on Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch

Since last posting, I’ve read about three hundred more pages of The Goldfinch. Thanksgiving preparations slowed me down quite a bit, despite having two long weekends in the past two weeks. The past couple of days I’ve had more free … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Part I of Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch (by Jill)

  Donna Tartt’s long-awaited third novel came out late in 2013 and won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2014. I read her two earlier novels, The Secret History, and The Little Friend, years ago, and remember really enjoying them, … Continue reading

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At long last, it gives me great pleasure to type the following: Final Thoughts on Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (by Jill)

I finished The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay today! It was an amazing book, and I still can’t find anything to complain about in Chabon’s writing style. It was a fantastic, well-plotted, well-characterized historical fiction novel. I laughed, I … Continue reading

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In which Jill confesses her lack of progress on The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

And now it’s Saturday and I still haven’t read enough in K&C to do a proper update. Most recently, Joe and Sammy have been dragged to a Greenwich Village party with a bunch of odd types. Salvador Dalí is there, … Continue reading

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Jill’s second update on Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

I have made steady progress since my last update. I’ve gotten to page 206. I’m enjoying K and C (which is how I’m referring to this book from now on. The actual title is too much) quite a bit, and … Continue reading

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Early thoughts on Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

  When I learned what my July Numbers Challenge book was, I was happy. I’ve been a devoted buyer of Michael Chabon’s books for years now, since I saw the movie version of Wonder Boys about a hundred years ago, … Continue reading

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In which Jill discovers why exactly a plot-driven Dickensian novel won the 2013 Man Booker Prize.  Final thoughts on Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries

  I finished The Luminaries last night.  I feel so accomplished.  I really enjoyed this book, every single page.  Even the weird ones at the end that I just told Bethany the book would have been better without.  The weirdness … Continue reading

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