Saturday, February 20, 2010

More Common Good Books Favorites

Stalwart bookseller Kathy writes about Louise Erdrich's new novel Shadow Tag:

Shadow Tag--the gotcha ego game played in defense or retribution or sickness and to everyone's detriment--just like in real life, just like with each of us to some degree. Louise Erdrich's story-telling skill breaks my heart, the characters break my heart, the story of their lives breaks my heart.

Store manager Sue praises Martin Pages' novel The Discreet Pleasures of Rejection:

I loved this quirky book especially the main character, Virgil. He has built tight little world around himself which is thrown into a wild spin when he picks up a message on his answering machine from a woman he does not know telling him she is leaving him. This book is a small gem.

Intrepid bookseller Keelin details the strange attraction of Robert Goolrick's A Reliable Wife:

The weird thing about A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick is that it's based on fact. Rural life at the end of the 19th century in small-town Wisconsin was perverse as the clash of pastoral life met the industrial period. Add a mail order bride who's not what she seems and it's a strange story indeed.

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