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    Three Summers by Margarita Liberaki | Book Review

    Three Summers (originally The Straw Hats) by Margarita Liberaki, Translation by Karen Van Dyck Genres: Fiction, Greek Literature Original Publication Date: Originally published in Greece in 1946 as The Straw Hats Source: I purchased this book Goodreads Three Summers is the story of three sisters growing up in the countryside near Athens before the Second World War. Living in a big old house surrounded by a beautiful garden are Maria, the oldest sister, as sexually bold as she is eager to settle down and have a family of her own; beautiful but distant Infanta; and dreamy and rebellious Katerina, through whose eyes the story is mostly observed. Karen Van Dyck’s…

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    Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker | Book Review

    Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker Genres: American Literature, Fiction, Illness, LGTBQ Original Publication Date: Originally published 1962 Source: I purchased this book Goodreads Find the Author: Goodreads, Amazon Cassandra Edwards is a graduate student at Berkeley: gay, brilliant, nerve-racked, and miserable. At the beginning of this novel, she drives back to her family ranch in the foothills of the Sierras to attend the wedding of her identical twin, Judith, to a nice young doctor from Connecticut. Cassandra, however, is hell-bent on sabotaging the wedding. Her Sister Is Getting Married Cassandra and Judith are 24-year-old twins. Up until the last nine months, they had shared almost everything together. That…

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    The Summer Book by Tove Jansson | Book Review

    The Summer Book by Tove Jansson Genres: Fiction, Scandinavian Literature Original Publication Date: 1972 Source: I purchased this book Goodreads Find the Author: Website, Goodreads, Amazon In The Summer Book, Tove Jansson distills the essence of the summer—its sunlight and storms—into twenty-two crystalline vignettes. This brief novel tells the story of Sophia, a six-year-old girl awakening to existence, and Sophia’s grandmother, nearing the end of hers, as they spend the summer on a tiny unspoiled island in the Gulf of Finland. The grandmother is unsentimental and wise if a little cranky; Sophia is impetuous and volatile, but she tends to her grandmother with the care of a new parent. In The Summer Book,…