You Can’t Handle the Truth – An American Tragedy

Heather Paquette:

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Originally posted on EMME Books:

An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser is a gripping novel that tells the story of Clyde Griffiths, who is being raised by his devoutly religious missionary parents. They are poor and he is poorly educated due to their vagabond lifestyle. The narrative continues to focus on Clyde as he gets his first job outside the family mission as a bellhop in a swanky Kansas City hotel. There we meet the cast of characters who will drive the first part of the book and who will influence Clyde greatly in his formative years.


After an incident that is fully detailed in the course of his Kansas City escapades, Clyde moves to Chicago and meets his father’s brother, the wealthy Samuel Griffiths, who invites Clyde to work in his shirt collar factory, but does not invite him into the wealthier social circles to which Samuel belongs. Here Clyde enters into a forbidden…

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I Made it to the Lighthouse

Heather Paquette:

Review of Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse, originally posted on

Originally posted on EMME Books:

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf is another book that had me questioning the editors’ choices for Modern Library’s list, but the novel was also included in TIME magazine’s list of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923-2005, so I guess it must be me and my annoying preference for a linear plot line. Once I wrestled past that issue and let it go (see what I did there, Frozen fans?) it was easier for me to settle in and enjoy the language – to a certain extent.


The novel tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Ramsay and their eight children, who are spending time at their summer home on the Isle of Skye. The novel opens with Mrs. Ramsay talking with her son James about visiting the lighthouse, which Mr. Ramsey opposed due to the weather forecast. This plan and conversation are returned to throughout the novel. They…

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