Katherine Dieckmann

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  • 16 years ago

    Male protagonists usually come of age by becoming adventurers, while their womanly counterparts tend to do the same by quietly searching their souls. Creating a heroine who follows both paths is but one of the strengths of Kate Wheeler's brave, ex...

  • 16 years ago

    Based on the most reductive description—dead mother revisits her living children and can't help but attempt to reshape their destiny—Abby Frucht's latest novel calls to mind purely Hollywood moments of incandescent resurrection. Consider...

  • 16 years ago

    Kathryn Davis has already published several wickedly inventive novels with titles like The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf and Hell, which is only to say that her decision to call her latest book The Walking Tour lends a deceptively innocuous air to yet a...

  • 17 years ago

    If Clementina, Viscountess Hawarden, hadn't really existed, someone would have had to invent her. Given the wild subjectivity of Carol Mavor's theory-poem on this 19th-century Englishwoman, maybe someone has. Scarcely known in her own time and an ...

  • 17 years ago

    Let's assume that fiction writers have some say about what traits to bestow upon their protagonists, that the muse doesn't just arrive unbidden and deliver a character whole. And let's suppose that three seemingly bright women, two of them well in...

  • 17 years ago

    Why do certain people--quite often brainy, scruffy, and with a collection of mulled-over heartaches to match their accumulations of scratched vinyl and Fiestaware--love Amy Rigby with a nearly irrational devotion? Could it be the way she transform...


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