Monthly Archives: September 2013

What Lies Beneath the Surface?

The Skin of Water
“The Skin of Water” by G.S. Johnston is a captivating story of love and deception in Budapest, Hungary during the closing years of World War II.  Johnston brilliantly captures the dangers and struggles of a society that allies themselves with Nazis. Continue reading

Worlds Entwined

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
“A Constellation of Vital Phenomena” is a brilliant debut novel by Anthony Marra.  It is a story about regular people trying to survive and get on with their lives in war-torn Chechnya. The horror and deprivation that the people experience is unimaginable for most of us; yet they keep plodding forward, making the best of what they do have. Continue reading

Ancient Culture Clashes

The Wedding Shroud
Elisabeth Storrs’ novel, “The Wedding Shroud: A Tale of Ancient Rome”, is a fascinating historical romance that takes place in 406 B.C.  I don’t generally gravitate to stories quite that far back in time; but I was drawn into the world of the novel right away. Continue reading