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Ellah Allfrey

Ellah Allfrey appears in the following:

Novelist Caitlin Moran Wryly Shows 'How To Build A Girl'

Monday, September 29, 2014

Caitlin Moran's semi-autobiographical novel is an earnestly written look at a young woman's self-reinvention. How to Build a Girl tackles class, gender and sexuality with both humor and sincerity.

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An 'Epilogue' That Makes Sense Of The Chaos Of Memory

Monday, September 22, 2014

In his episodic memoir, Will Boast meets the siblings he never knew while navigating family deaths and secrets. Critic Ellah Allfrey finds Epilogue conceptually ambitious, but lacking in execution.

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'F' Is For Fraudster In A Family Novel For Our Modern Times

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Daniel Kehlmann's F, about three brothers abandoned by their father, examines the detail of lives lived without integrity. It is brilliantly translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway.

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With Magic And Fables, 'Angel Of Losses' Breathes Life Into History

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Stephanie Feldman's debut novel is about Jewish folk tales and family history. It's also an exploration of the inheritance of loss and the guilt of survival as it is passed down through generations.

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Post-Apocalyptic World Falls Flat In 'California'

Monday, July 07, 2014

California tells the story of a couple who, when they learn they are having a baby, leave their solitary refuge in a forest for a Utopian community in post-apocalyptic America.

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'The Unwitting' Explores The Lure Of Complicity

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Unwitting by Ellen Feldman is part love story, part mystery and part political thriller set during the Cold War.

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Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude'

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ellah Allfrey reviews Kinder Than Solitude, by Yiyun Li.

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Inspired By History, A Novelist Writes Of Jewish South Africa

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Before World War II, numerous Jewish emigrants left Lithuania for South Africa. In his debut novel, Kenneth Bonert tells the story of a family among their number. As reviewer Ellah Allfrey writes, despite a few rookie mistakes, that story is told with great inventiveness and care.

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After Tragedy, Lost Live On In 'Maid's Version' Of The Story

Monday, September 09, 2013

Daniel Woodrell's new novel explores the lingering consequences of an explosion in an Ozarks dance hall that kills 42 people. It wasn't an accident, but the book isn't about a hunt for the murderer. Instead, reviewer Ellah Allfrey says, it's a remarkable study of a surviving sister's life and grief.

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Iain Banks Bids Us Farewell With 'The Quarry'

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Iain Banks' last novel, The Quarry, follows awkward teen Kit, his dying father Guy, and a group of Guy's former friends as they search for a possibly incriminating videotape. Reviewer Ellah Allfrey says The Quarry isn't Banks' best work, but "it doesn't disappoint."

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Coming Of Age Amid Upheaval In 'We Need New Names'

Thursday, June 06, 2013

In We Need New Names, NoViolet Bulawayo tells the story of Darling and her friends, desperate children who live in a shantytown called Paradise. Although the early chapters are told in a child's voice, there is no whimsy in this novel of a turbulent Zimbabwe.

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Female Perspectives: Five Novels That Bring Outsiders In

Thursday, June 06, 2013

For readers in search of tales that step outside familiar viewpoints, these authors unravel conflict, religion, race and love — from new and different angles. In these novels, a child from the slums, an executed zealot, a reluctant immigrant, a guilty survivor and a suffering mother take center stage.

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