Contemporary Fiction

I’m Jim McKeown, welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

One of my earliest discoveries of British Women writers was Anita Brookner.  Her novels are mostly short—under 200 pages—and she had a knack for delicate and detailed portraits of her characters.  She wrote twenty novels including her 1988 Booker Prize novel Hotel du Lac.  This was the first of hers I read and my earliest Booker Prize novel.  Anita died in 2016, and I have decided to resurrect some of her finest novels beginning with The Debut.

  

I’m Jim McKeown, welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

Fiona Davis is a best-selling author of several novels.  She lives in New York City.  She graduated from the College of William and Mary and Columbia Journalism School.   The Chelsea Girls is her fourth novel.


I’m Jim McKeown, welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies.

A recent reminder that I had neglected the works of Colm Tóibín drew me to one of only a couple of his works I had not read.  The South is the story of Katherine Proctor who abandons her family in a move to Barcelona.  There she meets Miguel, an anarchist veteran of the Spanish Civil War.  This is a thrilling story of art and exile and a search for love.  Note there are several brief adult scenes.  


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May 15, 2014
Jim McKeown

Nobel Prize winning author, Toni Morrison spins a tale of a family damaged by its past.

Jim McKeown

A riveting story of a series of conflicts, crises, and resolutions deftly managed by a young boy forced to grow up too quickly and too soon.