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A Season in Limbo

Dominick Dunne’s 1993 best-selling novel, A Season in Purgatory.¬†Anatomy of the murder of young Martha Moxley in the exclusive enclave of Greenwich, Connecticut in 1975. Bludgeoned by a golf club one night after a country club dance, teen-aged Martha was left dead or dying in nearby woods. Steps from her home. Ethel Kennedy’s cousin Michael Skakel the presumed culprit. Cover-ups and obfuscation ensued. The wealthy wagons circled. In 2002, thanks to Dunne’s research, Michael was convicted and sentenced to 20 years. He served 11 before he won an appeal for… Read more A Season in Limbo

Asymmetry

by Lisa Halliday. Her affair with Philip Roth. Would have been a great story on its own. But. It went astray. Top critical review on Amazon here. No Nobel for Roth or anybody else for literature this year. Scandals postpone the award until 2019.

The Ghost Notebooks

By Ben Dolnick. I started out loving Dolnick’s writing. Sharp-witted, insightful views of life. Crisp clear descriptions. Then both the writing and the story went awry. Into a depressing downward spiral of death and grief. Thought this was going to be about ghosts and the occult. If you want that, don’t get this. Only a little smattering of it at the end. Which was weak.

Laura and Emma

by Kate Greathead. Laura is an Upper East Sider with all of the usual old money trappings. Town home, private school, private family vacation peninsula. Her parents are typical. Father nice but remote. Mother somewhat interesting, but there is not enough of her. She seemed to have the most potential, but never came fully to life despite retrospective at her funeral. Laura’s brother Nick grows up to be hostile, but we are never sure why. Laura’s only passion seemed to be finding cheap stuff. Was hoping she’d discover love at… Read more Laura and Emma