Families

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It is 1963, and Beatrix Thompson is reminiscing about the past few decades of her life, particularly when she spent time in America.

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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.

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“The title Independence refers not only to the Indian freedom struggle but to women’s struggle for freedom.”

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“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.

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“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.”

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“A tale filled with strong emotion, hope, and determination, this highly thought-provoking story and entertaining.”

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Foster . . . is a rare, beautiful, multi-faceted, shimmering, gem of a work—a gift.”

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Some of it Was Real is a beautiful, well-written, and well-structured novel that is easily worthy of five stars.”

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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.

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“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.”

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Starting over is difficult, but sometimes it is necessary. Olivia McFee learns this the hard way.

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Breast cancer survivor Sophie Eicher needs a new start.

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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?

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Lucy Clarke loves the marketing job where she has been working for six years.

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“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?

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In the early- to mid-20th century, a state school named Willowbrook was located in Staten Island, New York.

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This Is How We Love: stellar, elegant, gritty, and ultimately an emotional ride infused with love.”

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“a thoroughly realized, fast-paced, delightfully told story that secures the author’s position as a top-of-the-line writer in the genre mystery/crime thriller.”

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The Good Left Undone is a poignant expose on the value of the unsung heroes in a multigenerational, working-class family, and through the power of story, author Adriana Trigiani r

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“a deeply charming story full of complex insights delivered from a simple, humanistic point of view . . .”

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Eternal is a heart-wrenching but ultimately triumphant novel of friendship, love, and loss that will take the reader on a journey to the past while leaving many questions to ponde

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At first glance, the new novel by Anne Tyler, French Braid, breaks all the rules of exemplary fiction.

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“a riveting tale of suspenseful mystery, with a dash of romance, tossed together with a strong desire to create a loving family where there has never been one.”

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 “A work of literary genius, showing how insidiously normal evil can be . . .  while delivering a gripping story with vivid characters.”

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