Category: Contemporary

Thoughts: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara This is the first formal review I’ve written for Roof Beam Reader in five months, when I reviewed Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven in February. As with that book, I find, this time, that I’m unable to… Continue Reading “Thoughts: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara”

Thoughts: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel Final Verdict: 3.75 out of 4.0 Station Eleven begins, ironically and appropriately, in a theater with a staging of William Shakespeare’s King Lear. Three of the novel’s recurring characters are first encountered in this opening scene, a… Continue Reading “Thoughts: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel”

Thoughts: On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle

On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting and believable On What Grounds is the first novel in the popular Coffeehouse Mystery series by Cleo Coyle. In it, we meet Clare Cosi, former manager… Continue Reading “Thoughts: On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle”

Review: These Things Happen by Richard Kramer

These Things Happen by Richard Kramer Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 53 Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful (socially, academically, etc.) These Things Happen opens with the main character, Wesley, and his best friend, Theo.  Both of these young men,… Continue Reading “Review: These Things Happen by Richard Kramer”

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