Jane Tompkins

BOOK REVIEW: You’ll Enjoy It When You Get There: The Stories of Elizabeth Taylor, with an introduction by Margaret Drabble — March 2019

BOOK REVIEW: You’ll Enjoy It When You Get There: The Stories of Elizabeth Taylor,  with an introduction by Margaret Drabble — March 2019

Jane highly recommends reading not only this book, but all of the other books written by Elizabeth Taylor, the novelist.

BOOK REVIEW – LOVE AND FATIGUE IN AMERICA BY ROGER KING — February 2019

BOOK REVIEW - LOVE AND FATIGUE IN AMERICA BY ROGER KING — February 2019

Love and Fatigue in America is a story of how a British man (the author) comes to teach in the US and develops ME/cfs (Chronic fatigue syndrome)…. He shares his knowledge of coping with his readers.

BOOK REVIEW: I’ll Think It, You Say It, by Curtis Sittenfeld — December 2018

BOOK REVIEW:  I’ll Think It, You Say It, by Curtis Sittenfeld — December 2018

The plots keep you turning the pages, always wanting more, in the manner of high-level genre fiction by writers like John Grisham and Michael Connelly. When I re-read them, the stories were just as good the second time around. So why don’t I like them better?

BOOK REVIEW: Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday — September 2018

BOOK REVIEW:  Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday — September 2018

“It’s hard to believe that this is a first novel, the writing is so assured, fluid, and well-paced.”

BOOK REVIEW: The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan — August 2018

BOOK REVIEW:  The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan — August 2018

The Keeper of Lost Things seems at first, to be hopelessly whimsical but turns out to contain enough tragedy, bad luck and unjust circumstances for ar least three novels, and to fashion imaginative resolutions for several damaged lives.

BOOK REVIEW: The Late Show by Michael Connelly — May 2018

BOOK REVIEW: The Late Show by Michael Connelly — May 2018

“Roger that” – the first words spoken by Michael Connelly’s new detective heroine, Renee Ballard, tell you what you can expect: a woman of few words, one of the boys, ………………………