"masterful . . . each page in this massive book features exquisite descriptions, evocations of a particular time and place, populated by fascinating characters . . ."
“Onuzo has created a character that readers will want to cheer for. She has also crafted a believable and powerful story filled with hope and forgiveness.”
“Reading this novel is intimate, uncomfortably so at moments, but that intimacy is a gift. . . .
“A charming story that weaves fairy tale, mystery, and historical importance with a good dose of romance, The Secret Book of Flora Lea will appeal to all ages, as the author unfurl
“With well-developed characters and powerful, descriptive narrative and dialog, Kelly captures the reader’s heart and mind. This is a triumphant, wild journey . . .”
Alice McDermott’s first novel, A Bigamist’s Daughter, was published in 1982, when the Village Voice praised it for avoiding the fantasy that “growth is everyone’s birthright, and
In the small community of Hope's Haven, Ohio, Martha Eicher has had to grow up fast.
“It all adds up to a slightly nasty book whose pages turn easily . . .”
It is 1963, and Beatrix Thompson is reminiscing about the past few decades of her life, particularly when she spent time in America.
A fortysomething, midlist novelist sees her husband off to work one morning. By evening, he is in a coma; a few days later, he is dead, leaving her with two young sons.
“The title Independence refers not only to the Indian freedom struggle but to women’s struggle for freedom.”
“Hats were to be kept on at lunch, but not worn in the evening. Nothing that sparkled before sunset. No white shoes after Labor Day.
“paints the conflicts and stories that define the ordinary and memorable, finely etched with myriad details, that altogether reflect back on the readers’ essential humanity.”
“A tale filled with strong emotion, hope, and determination, this highly thought-provoking story and entertaining.”
“Foster . . . is a rare, beautiful, multi-faceted, shimmering, gem of a work—a gift.”
“Some of it Was Real is a beautiful, well-written, and well-structured novel that is easily worthy of five stars.”
“a gem of a book”
It’s interesting that the title of Ian McEwan’s wide-angle and engrossing family history is Lessons, because his protagonist, Roland Baines, is inclined to abandon his teachers.
“A good gift for readers over a wide spectrum, especially those who like their exploration laced with a hint of mystique, mystery, and the mystic in a tropical locale.”
Starting over is difficult, but sometimes it is necessary. Olivia McFee learns this the hard way.
Breast cancer survivor Sophie Eicher needs a new start.
If memory is indispensable for our sense of a coherent, continued self, what happens when memories fragment, when trauma untracks our understanding of the past? Who, then, do we become?
Lucy Clarke loves the marketing job where she has been working for six years.
“The book’s suspense rests on whether and when Cal will finally turn to face his lifelong attacker. What will he lose, in what sequence? How humiliated and abased will he become?
In the early- to mid-20th century, a state school named Willowbrook was located in Staten Island, New York.