One-Minute Book Reviews
Click the links below to see recent reviews Laura publishes bi-weekly in The Deerfield Valley News. A listing of other reviews can be found here.
Coming of Age in Small-Town Tennessee: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
A Stunning Historical Novel: The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry
A New Spin on Boy Meets Girl: If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Marlboro Writer Portrays The Other Vermont: Half Wild: Stories by Robin MacArthur
Play it Again, Zoe: 23 Minutes by Vivian Vande Velde
The Loss of Giants is Our Loss: Last of the Giants: The Rise and Fall of the Earth’s Most Dominant Species by Jeff Campbell
Chocoholic? Think Again: The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan
Book Shows Prejudice in a Small State: The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
Life Beyond the Script and the Bedroom Door: The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
Liar From Vermont
Liar is out!
You can buy Liar From Vermont from Bartleby's Books, which is located just down the road from where Laura lives in the town where many of the stories are set. Bartleby's takes orders online. Liar is also available at your favorite local and online bookshops, directly from the publisher, online at Brigantine Media,
and from Amazon.
Reviews for Liar From Vermont
"Liar from is a coming of age story, but it is so much more than that. It is social commentary, depicting the class differences of Vermont farmers and the summer people who delude themselves about their democratic inclusiveness. Itlooks at male and female gender roles and at what women were (and are?) supposed to do to meet those expectations. It examines family secrets and the dynamic of families who havelong conversations while saying nothing of what they feel. It is, as well, an ode to a time that is passing—or that has passed. Above all, it is a wonderful read—witty, insightful, beautifully written, and important." (American Book Review, July/August 2015, Vol.36, number 3)
"[D]elicious—I found myself slowing down, trying to make it last. The collection of stories is beautiful, both in its descriptions of Vermont in the '50s and '60s, and in its evocation of youth, but its pages never sink into nostalgia.
"Peggy is a real, imperfect heroine, and through her eyes, I felt myself back in each stage of childhood with its mixture of the not-quite-expected and the unpredictable." (The Caledonian Record (PDF) (site))
"[T]he book is hard to put down, and readers with a connection to the Deerfield Valley may find themselves drawn in by a sense of familiarity as much as they are by the story. Although it’s never mentioned specifically, the setting for much of the book is Wilmington." (Deerfield Valley News)
"The series of interlocked stories follow the fictional character Peggy Hamilton through the 1950s and 1960s. It deals with class, changes, feminism, illness and death. Hamilton witnesses a neighbor's farm being sold then it's later offered to her father. She gets mixed up with some horse dealers, who turn out to be nice guys." (Bennington Banner)