Author Archives: dianeledet

About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008

Recompense

Talk to Me by John Kenney is a 2019 novel about a 59-year-old television anchorman named Ted Grayson who, while having a bad day, is caught on video verbally berating a hairdresser on-set. The clip goes viral and heads roll. … Continue reading

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Being Alive

Maggie Brown and Others by Peter Orner is the recently published collection of short stories by one of my favorite authors. I’ve been a fan of Orner’s work for some years and can honestly say, he just keeps getting better. … Continue reading

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Turnabout

Neverhome by Laird Hunt is a book sale find which I was impressed with. It is the story of Constance, a young, married woman from Indiana who disguises herself as a man, changes her first name to Ash, and goes … Continue reading

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There‚Äôs No Place Called Home

Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes was oa grueling chore for me to read. It is the story of Kit, a woman in her forties who is an American now living in Tuscany, Italy and in the process of writing … Continue reading

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Go West Young Man

The Living by Annie Dillard is a fictionalized novel about early settlers of the Pacific Northwest territory of the U.S. This is the first story I’ve read about pioneers who inhabited this area and I found it fascinating. Not only … Continue reading

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Bad Luck

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames is a recently published novel which left me very disappointed. This fictional story about a woman named Stella is narrated by her granddaughter. In the beginning, Stella is an … Continue reading

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Condemnation

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo has been much celebrated in part, thanks to theater and musical productions in the past century. However, Hugo wrote this lengthy masterpiece in 1862. I am guessing most people are familiar with the basic storyline. … Continue reading

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