Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.


Literary Fiction

A View of the Harbour by Elizabeth Taylor

I think we need a word for books that work as a palate cleanser. I have read  A View of the Harbour by Elizabeth Taylor before, along with all her other books and short stories. It is in many ways a... Continue Reading →

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

The dramatic revelations of #MeToo are natural fodder for fiction. Fiction has been exploring the story of older men seducing underage girls for years, mostly from the perspective of the men. My Dark Vanessa explores what could be the tired story... Continue Reading →

Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

Big Lies in a Small Town brings us the story of two artists separated by nearly seventy years yet united by one vision—the mural of Edenton, North Carolina commissioned as part of the New Deal's Post Office murals competition. In... Continue Reading →

Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha

What is justice? How can we love people who do evil? Can someone be a good person in one realm and evil in another? These are just a few of the pressing questions Steph Cha' examines in Your House Will... Continue Reading →

Swede Hollow by Ola Larsmo

Swede Hollow tells the story of a Swedish immigrant family, Gustaf and Anna Klar, their three children, and successive generations. It begins in Liverpool where the family traveled from Göteborg before boarding a White Star Line ship to New York... Continue Reading →

Seven Letters by J. P. Monninger

Seven Letters is a contemporary romance to warm and break your heart. Kate has a fellowship to travel to Ireland and research the narratives of the women of the Blasket Islands where her recently deceased father came from. The day... Continue Reading →

The Topeka School by Ben Lerner

The Topeka School is hard for me to describe as the plot is less important than the characters and how they develop. At the center is Adam, a high school student and debate competitor expected to win the national championship.... Continue Reading →

Pursuit by Joyce Carol Oates

The morning after her wedding, Abby steps in front of a bus. Was that a moment of distraction or self-destruction? We don't know and neither does her new husband Willem. During her long recovery, Willem probes her nightmares and her... Continue Reading →

Pigs by Johanna Stoberock

Pigs, a new book by Johanna Stoberock, is surely intended to be considered in relation to that other book about feral children on an island with pigs. There are four children on the island with six pigs and all the... Continue Reading →

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Water Dancer is Ta-Nehisi Coates first novel and utilizes his deep research into slavery that was such a powerful part of his writing for "The Atlantic." It is the story of Hiram Walker, a slave who grows up as... Continue Reading →

The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman

The World That We Knew tells the story of how a desperate, loving mother, Hanni, who knows that her family will be murdered by the Nazis, but is resolved to save her daughter. Lea is only twelve, too young to... Continue Reading →

Opioid, Indiana by Brian Allen Carr

Opioid, Indiana chronicles a week in the life of seventeen-year-old Riggle, an orphan living with his uncle in a nameless Indiana town he calls Opioid. He is not being ironic. He has just been suspended for a week thanks to... Continue Reading →

The Diver’s Game by Jesse Ball

The Diver's Game is a painful book to read in Trump's America. It is set in a society that has embraced inequality, not only of outcomes but of opportunities. Ball imagines a society that feels beset by refugees. They decide... Continue Reading →

Hope Farm by Peggy Frew

Hope Farm is the story of a girl  named Silver coming of age in a commune named Hope after growing up in one communal home after another. She is a self-reliant and mature girl whose mother Ishtar is shamed when... Continue Reading →

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

This Tender Land is one of my most anticipated books for September. I enjoy William Kent Krueger's Cork O'Connor series, but I loved his standalone novel "Ordinary Grace" which is so much more than the mystery is seems at first... Continue Reading →

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