Anything That Moves Me

Two Best Books I Read This Year--or Ever!

November 12, 2016

Tags: novels, writing, literary fiction, David Mitchell, Hanya Yanagihara

I'm a reluctant member of Goodreads and other amateur book reviewing and rating sites, including Amazon. Maybe it's my age, although I think it's more about temperament. One of the best things about graduating from college (English major) was never having to write a research paper again, or a "book report." And that's what these sites feel like to me: a class assignment. (more…)

Recommended Novel: Louisa Meets Bear

July 10, 2015

Tags: Lisa Gornick, Louisa Meets Bear, novels, short stories, fiction

Louisa Meets Bear: Linked StoriesLouisa Meets Bear: Linked Stories by Lisa Gornick

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Generous, Compassionate, Beautifully-Written Novel of Linked Stories

Lisa Gornick's third published novel, Louisa Meets Bear, is that trickiest of formats: a collection of "short" stories (some novella-length) that are linked through connections between some of the characters. (more…)

Review of Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth

October 30, 2012

Tags: Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth, novels, American literature, women writers, New York City

The House of Mirth, published in 1905, is Edith Wharton's first major work of fiction, and it established her reputation as a brilliant novelist and harsh critic of her society. Because I came to it after reading The Age of Innocence, which shows Wharton at the height of her power, I can't help giving Mirth four stars, where Innocence rated five. (more…)

Review of Swamplandia by Karen Russell

July 1, 2012

Tags: Swamplandia!, Karen Russell, literary fiction, novels, writing

Swamplandia!Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


We don't really need another three-star review of Karen Russell's Swamplandia! Most of what I have to say about the book has been said wittily and well by other reviewers. But after mulling over my reaction to this critically acclaimed but, for many ordinary readers, disappointing book, I feel it epitomizes the problem of today's publishing world. (more…)

Beautiful Metaphors, Ugly Memoirs

October 3, 2011

Tags: memoirs, novels, writing, E.M. Forster, Maurice, bisexual men, m/m/f menage

Colm Toibin, in a review of a biography of E.M. Forster, derided the idea of the "honest novel" (as the biographer, Wendy Moffat, described Forster's Maurice): "novels should not be honest. They are a pack of lies that are also a set of metaphors they are not forms of self-expression, or true confession." (more…)

Selected Works

Fantasy, Women's Fiction (e-books)
Book Six in the ECLIPSIS series of Lady Amalie's memoirs.
Book Five in the ECLIPSIS series of Lady Amalie's memoirs.
Book Four in the ECLIPSIS series of Lady Amalie's memoirs.
Book Three in the ECLIPSIS series of Lady Amalie's memoirs.
Book Two in the ECLIPSIS series of Lady Amalie's memoirs.
Book One in the ECLIPSIS series of Lady Amalie's memoirs.
Short Story
A queered version of the Cinderella story in the 4th Gay City anthology, "At Second Glance."
Newsletter article
Describes the typical upbringing of middle- and upper-class children in Austen's time.
Romantic Comedy, M/M/F Menage
A breezy tale of love, lust and secrets set against the backdrop of Regency England.