Middle-aged book illustrator Chloe and history prof Brendan have a single son, Toby, of whom Chloe is overprotective. She's loathed all his girlfriends to date and in her opinion the latest, Salome, a Croat who came to t ...more
If you want to tell a story from an another character's POV, and you want to make that clear, just call the chapter something like "Listen UP! Now It's That Croat Chick Talking!"
Critics hail Trespass as a "stunning" work (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), with the potential to introduce Valerie Martin (best known for her 2001 novel Mary Reilly) to a wider audience. The novel combines the drama of family relationships with larger themes of xenophobia, war, and genocide; it also juxtaposes the comfort of the American middle class with the horrors suffered by victims of ethnic cleansing in other parts of the world. Although a couple of reviewers found the plot forced at times, mos...more
It helps to have read Wuthering Heights beforehand.
Goya's The Countess of Chinchon
Goya's Saturn Devouring His Son
As another Goodreads viewer noted, it is is odd that "the trio of female characters are painted much more severely than the trio of male characters." In fact, none of the characters are all that engaging. None rang terribly true for me. Although I gave another of Martin's bo ...more
It starts off a bit slow (which didn't bother me), but very quickly becomes hard to put down. And while it may seem that the ending is all tied up in pretty bows for the characters (at times I wasn't sure ...more
There was much preparation to setting the tone and direction of the story of these people. However, it became clear who the author did and didn't like, making several of the events that unfolded too conve ...more
Valerie Martin is the author of nine novels, including Trespass, Mary Reilly, Italian Fever, and Property, three collections of short fiction, and a biography of St. Francis of Assisi, titled Salvation. She has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as the Kafka Prize (for Mary Reilly) and Britain’s Orange Prize (for Property). ...more