Tag: 20 Books of Summer

No 361 Veronica by Mary Gaitskill

Veronica, Mary Gaitskill’s fourth novel is somewhat different to the taut style of her shorter fiction. An exploration of the interconnection between surface beauty and inner cruelty, it is a meandering and more thoughtful book, which moves across decades to tell the story of its narrator Alison. Once a former model, Alison is now in…

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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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