Mimi Jones Hedwig

Writer, Editor, Animal Advocate

Book review blog

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness - a novel by Arundhati Roy

Posted by mhedwig on August 6, 2017 at 7:20 PM

Audiobook: Not recommended; too many characters with exotic names, and too complex a chronology to absorb from listening

Print book:  Highly recommended. A masterwork that repays close attention

Where to begin to detail my intense reactions to Arundhati Roy’s first novel in the twenty-odd years since her prizewinning THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS? Where to start trying to summarize its complex story?

I’ll begin by saying that ...

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Mormama - a novel by Kit Reed

Posted by mhedwig on July 3, 2017 at 2:50 PM

Not recommended.  I was drawn to this because of my lifelong love of ghost stories, but  you could say this one left me...dispirited. 

A decrepit old mansion in Jacksonville Florida holds 6 lives, and one spirit, captive. Three of the occupants are elderly sisters, children of the house's original owner, a greedy, loveless woman called "little Manette." The other three inhabitants are, more or less, drifters: Lane Hale and her son Theo, who are actually...

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Grief Cottage - a novel by Gail Godwin

Posted by mhedwig on June 17, 2017 at 3:40 PM

Recommended. A ghost story, a family story with a mystery at its heart, a testimony to the redeeming power of nature, art and friendship. I enjoyed this more than any other Gail Godwin book I've ever read. 

Its young hero is 11-year-old Marcus Harshaw, recently orphaned. His hardworking single mother -- a furniture factory worker in North Carolina -- went out for pizza for the two of them one night and was killed in a car cras...

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Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume

Posted by mhedwig on June 17, 2017 at 3:05 PM

Recommended:  One of the best dog stories I’ve ever read, right up there with The Call of the Wild.

Its hero, Ray, is a 57-year-old man – “too old to start over, too young to give up,” but in a sense he has given up, or, more accurately, he never felt capable, or worthy, of trying for a better life. Raised in a small Irish coastal village by a single father, Ray was never told w...

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