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Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: Pairings | Women In Charge

This dispatch features the books The Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead and Mating by Norman Rush; novels old and new, both examining with...

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: Pairings

We all have to find a story to live by and live inside, or we couldn’t endure the certainty of suffering. ~ Niall Williams

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: Pairings | Sibling Non-Rivalry

In the examination of the pairing of  the novels Unsettled Ground by Clair Fuller and Parakeet by Marie-Helene Bertino— just published,...

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: Pairings—Jhumpa Lahiri and Natalia Ginzburg

After I read Whereabouts, I picked up Happiness, As Such, by Ginzburg, a very different novel and yet, the tone, the observational...

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OC Book Blog: 2021—Post-Pandemic Pairs

I am discovering novels that seem to go together – not so much in content, rather in style or thematic. ...

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: “The Sun Collective” by Charles Baxter

Like a spool of yarn, of many colors, The Sun Collective reveals in strands, a bit at a time, and takes the reader along, although I cannot...

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Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: “To Be a Man” by Nicole Krauss

Nicole Krauss returns to a common theme: what is at the heart of a relationship for women, and, in gazing into that psyche, she reflects as...

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: “Jack” by Marilynne Robinson

Jack is best read in a quiet space. Slowly. Pensively. Because it is a quiet novel, told almost in a whisper. An interior narrative by one...

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: “A Burning” by Megha Mujumdar

This is one of the most hard to put down novels I’ve read, and that’s saying something, considering all the good fiction that’s been...