Category: 20 Books of Summer

No 374 Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower: Book 1 of #20booksofsummer22

Wells Tower’s Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned is one of the best collections of short stories that I have read in a long time. His unsentimental, often brutal yet always brilliant stories lay bare the lives of ordinary people, all trying to do the right thing is a world of alienation and hopelessness. Written with a…

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No 407 The Temptation of Eileen Hughes by Brian Moore Book 19 of #20booksofsummer

Brian Moore’s 100th birthday was this week and I’m continuing my centenary read-along with his 1981 novel The Temptation of Eileen Hughes. The Temptation of Eileen Hughes is another of Moore’s lean character studies, with a tight focus on a few characters and a moment of crisis which upends several lives. It lacks some of…

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