Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

February 2010, Vol. 3, No 2

StoryCircleBookReviews seeks out books that tell the truth about women's lives. We especially provide a review venue for small presses and for women authors who may not be reviewed elsewhere. If you're looking for reviews of mass-market, high-profile books, you'll find those on other sites. If you're looking for strong, insightful, well-written books by women of strength and courage, you'll find them here. With over 800 reviews and a team of sixty-some reviewers, Story Circle Book Reviews is the largest and most comprehensive women's book review site on the Internet. For previous issues of our monthly eletter, go here.

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Women and the Artful Life

Women's Fantastic Fiction

Serious Books about Issues that Matter to Women

Cover Stories

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   Review of the Month   

The Lacuna

Mary Marino Strong
Mary Marino Strong

Barbara Kingsolver gets the gold in my book. The Lacuna was brilliantly conceived and executed. The language and story are captivating, going where I hadn't expected—at least not for a long while. It can work very well as a great story that includes the role of art, artists and political perspective. But the meat of the story goes well beyond, is superbly prepared and presented with complex layering; the depth of its issues are unavoidable and provocative. Nothing is without meaning. It is an excellent example of the writing injunctive to show and not tell. Yet, in the latter portion there are a couple of places where I felt the character's voice became less distinct and the dialogue became an opportunity for the author to speak directly to the reader. Fortunately, that didn't last long. More...

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Three Books from SCN

What Wildness is This
What Wildness is This

Kitchen Table Stories
KTS cover

Starting Points
Starting Points

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