Erin Dorney

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Book Review: Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell.

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After recently finding out about LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers group (more info. here), I was able to sign up and over the holidays received my first book to review! It’s probably the neatest thing I’ve ever heard of. You get books for free and all you have to do in return is write what you think about them! Seeing as I love to write as much as I love to read, it’s pretty much a win/win situation. You’ll have to let me know how I did, because this is my first book review (ever!).

Dreamers of the Day is the most recent offering from Mary Doria Russell, New York Times bestselling author of The Sparrow and A Thread of Grace. Continuing in her traditional vein of historical fiction, Russell’s newest novel is narrated through the voice and experiences of Ohio’s Agnes Shanklin.

After losing her family during the Great Influenza epidemic of 1919, Shanklin embarks on a journey to Egypt and finds herself in the midst of the 1921 Cairo Peace Conference. Rubbing shoulders with the likes of Winston and Clementine Churchill, Lady Gertrude Bell and T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), Shanklin leads readers on a compelling history lesson about the creation of the states we now refer to as the Middle East.

Adventuring with her companionable dachshund Rosie, Shanklin finds herself in a middle-age love affair with a German-Jewish spy. Although slightly over pushed at times, Russell should be commended for her attempts to spark discussion about the effects of past decisions on modern day issues in the Middle East. Drawn into the novel through Russell’s rich descriptions of street life in Cairo, scenes of the world-renown pyramids, and her trademark character development, newcomers and fans alike will enjoy adding Dreamers of the Day to their reading repertoire.”

-Erin Dorney, January 2008

Many thanks to LibraryThing and Random House for providing me with an Advance Reader’s Edition of this book through the Early Reviewers program! This review is also posted on my LibraryThing account here.

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Written by Erin Dorney

January 6, 2008 at 3:14 AM

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  1. […] Russell (I had the pleasure of reviewing her recent book “Dreamers of the Day” back in January). And as if that wasn’t enough, they are doing a Hollywood Librarian pajama party! […]


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