by Jane Stanton Hitchcock
Book Review by Susan L Stewart
From Wikipedia: “Trompe-l’œil (French for “deceive the eye”) is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions.”
Trompe-l’oeil artist Faith Cromwell receives an invitation to visit a wealthy elderly woman living on an estate in Long Island. On the estate is a building with a huge ballroom. The woman hires Faith to paint all four walls in a trompe-l’oeil style. Faith is hesitant to take the job. Something just doesn’t feel right.
After much thought, and a need for money, she accepts the job and decides to paint a mural of the last party ever held in the ballroom many years ago. The job takes considerable time to finish and during this time she develops a relationship of sorts with the … Read more
by Elizabeth Kostova
Although fiction, this book has an authenticity that makes it read as truth. When we pick up a book or watch a movie, it is that “suspended disbelief” that allows us to fully engage in the adventure and the characters. Before I begin my review I want to let you know that I don’t read vampire books, zombie books or anything resembling science fiction or fantasy. I mention this to let you know that this book is none of those things.
This is the story of a young girl who discovers old letters in her father’s library along with a strange, blank, book with a single image across the two center pages. The image is a woodcut of a dragon with spread wings and outstretched, savage, claws holding a banner with a single word: DRAKULA.
She takes the letters to … Read more
I love “favorite” lists, don’t you? It’s always fun to see other people’s loves and hates. When I’m at a loss for what to read I’ll go online to search for “favorite books” lists. I’m going to give you my favorite Top Ten books. I’ll write reviews for them in the weeks to come.
Top Ten Favorite Books
In no particular order
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
The Geographer’s Library by Jon Fasman
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Trick of the Eye by Jane Stanton Hitchcock
What’s Bred in the Bone by Robertson Davies
The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
Leonardo’s Swans: A Novel by Karen Essex
The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland
The Swan Thieves: A Novel by Elizabeth Kostova
Okay, I can’t count.
Until next time,
Susan L Stewart