“The Girl From The Tea Garden” evokes one of my secret favorite genres– Anglo-Indian tales from the late 19th/early 20th century (I know, I know, it’s weirdly specific). Whether from the British perspective (e.g., “The Secret Garden,” which starts off in India before moving to Yorkshire) or the Indian perspective (e.g., “Gay-Neck”), these stories are […]
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“Mad Love” is a romantic comedy that is long on the comedy, if a bit short on the romance. Adam and Jessica both entered a dating website competition on a whim–only to discover that they’ve signed up, not for a blind date, but a blind marriage. Feeling fairly desperate about their housing situations, they agree […]
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“Lift and Separate” is the story, both amusing and poignant, of Marcy Hammer, 59-year-old fulfilled wife and mother who suddenly discovers that her husband isn’t nearly as satisfied in their marriage as she is. All of a sudden Marcy is alone in their huge house, buying shopping carts full of food for people who no […]
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“Dragonhorse” basically fulfilled all my childhood fantasies. In it, a young woman discovers she has magical powers, which she uses mainly to heal horses. I can’t tell you how much this idea gripped me (and continues to grip me). So if you, too, harbor fantasies of using magical powers to heal beautiful horses who become […]
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I just discovered this album (thanks, iTunes recommendations!) and I was simply blown away by it on first listen. Haunting instrumentals are topped by Irglova’s soaring voice, which brings the religious and spiritual themes of the songs to life, giving the impression (if I may be forgiven the fancifulness) of an angel come to earth, […]
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If you’re one of the, oh, half-dozen people who read my posts, you’ll know that mostly I do book reviews, with the occasional bout of self-promotion for my own works. And I’ll still be doing that, but it occurred to me that I am currently in the middle of a real-life experience full of drama […]
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