Reading Nora Roberts

Reading Nora Roberts

Reading Nora Roberts

Reading Nora Roberts

Synopsis

Where do you end up when you have nowhere to go, and no one to turn to?Paul isn't thinking clearly. After destroying a series of relationships - with his friends, his flatmates, his mum - he finally hurts the one person he cares about most of all. And then he runs away.An extraordinary and heartrending story of love, betrayal, addiction and hope.

Excerpt

No survey of current fiction is complete without a perusal of the works of fiction writer Nora Roberts, the producer of gripping stories of suspense, the paranormal, injustice, careers, seduction, mating, and happy endings. Unlike other reference guides in Greenwood’s Pop Lit Book Club, this literary companion requires some compromise in its coverage of the author’s canon of nearly two hundred publications, including regular reissues and omnibus editions. the text provides plot summaries of her landmark works, which advanced from category romance in paperback in the mid-1980s to trilogies, thrillers, a police procedural series, and stand-alone titles in hardback featured on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Chapters on current issues and pop culture focus on her more recent fiction—Angels Fall, Bed of Roses, Black Hills, Promises in Death, Tribute, and Vision in White, each of which is a prime choice for discussion by book clubs and analysis by students of pop culture, feminism, genre study, criminology, and contemporary literature. Criticism reveals shifts in fictional motivation and action that attest to Roberts’s maturity and her sophistication toward social and economic issues, feminist currents, and character psychology. Discussion questions at the conclusion of each chapter propose intriguing topics that link Nora Roberts’s unique style to that of classic and current authors, particularly romance and crime specialist Linda Lael Miller.

A sure and steady author in multiple genres—romance, mystery, suspense, police procedural, saga, supernatural, fantasy, and sci-fi—Roberts enthralls a huge audience and pleases a fan base with multiple annual publications under her pen names, Nora Roberts and J. D. Robb. Key to her success is versatility in genre and literary elements, particularly plot, setting, theme, and dialogue. Fictional conversations inject enough vigor . . .

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