THE HEARTS OF MEN may well be the 2017 masterpiece of Midwestern fiction. Readers meet Nelson Doughty as a heartbreaking and bullied 13 year old and see him rise to the dignity of manhood and a venerable old age. Along the way, Nelson's life gives tribute to honor, friendship, and love. He is a character who will leave a tattoo on your soul and haunt your memory. Author Nickolas Butler has crafted a story of father and sons, mothers and children, friends, and lovers in a grand and glorious tribute to life in the Midwest and what constitutes a hero. Sometimes they walk among us. This novel deserves a standing ovation.
EDGAR & LUCY begins as an insightful family drama of a mother, child, and grandmother and the intricacies of navigating a complicated multi-generational household. The story then takes a surprising departure and becomes a profound and thoughtful meditation on love and grief. Victor Lodato has created an absolutely stunning cast of characters. They will bring a tear to your eye as well as a smile to your lips. EDGAR & LUCY is an astounding achievement.
Welcome back to the beloved characters of PATTY JANE'S HOUSE OF CURL. In this long awaited sequel, Lorna Landvik brings back the glorious gals of Patty Jane's salon and the entire Rolvaag family. From the streets of Minneapolis, to the wilds of Minnesota lake country, and with a visit to Norway, this cast of hearty midwesterners will have readers laughing and craving some gingerbread cookies as they make their way through the landmines of love and life. This novel is an absolute delight for all the senses. Treat yourself and your friends to a copy because a novel this irresistible only comes along once in a blue moon.
I was prepared to like this novel - but I absolutely LOVED this novel. Meridien Wallace gives up her dream of becoming an ornithologist to marry her older professor with a dazzling genius. As she makes a life in the desert of Los Alamos, she encounters other women who have also sacrificed their own intellectual pursuits for their husbands' careers. Later in life, Meridien meets a younger man who opens a world of unknown possibility. This is a portrait of a brave woman, a guidebook to the rise of the women's movement, and an absolutely glorious debut by author Elizabeth Church. This is THE AWAKENING for a new generation.
Jodi Picoult is back with another riveting exploration of the human psyche. Ruth Jefferson, a black labor and delivery nurse, has been barred from caring for a newborn on her ward. The reason? The parents are white supremacists. When a medical emergency ensues and disaster strikes, Ruth is arrested. SMALL GREAT THINGS tells the tale from the perspectives of Ruth, her public defender, and the dangerously radical father. With amazing compassion, insight into each character, and her trademark attention to detail, Picoult creates an incredible commentary on current events. Readers should prepare to scrutinize their own thoughts about race - and possibly come out wiser as a result. This is truly a not to be missed novel of 2016.
Prepare to sink your teeth into this delectable treat of a novel. When Olivia Rawling's career as a Boston baker goes down in flames, she seeks refuge and a new life at a remote Vermont country inn. The fun begins when Olivia meet the wonderful cast of characters that populate the small haven. Filled with warm humor, romance, and friendship, THE COUNTRY BAKER'S GUIDE TO CITY LIVING is sure to be the most delicious read of summer 2016.
"Twelve year old twins, Pearl and Stasha, have been sent to Auschwitz where the most heinous of possibilities awaits them. As members of Dr. Mengele's zoo, their days become a nightmare of experiments and surgeries. Despite the dark subject matter, Affinity Konar offers a novel that is emotionally powerful, deeply empathetic, and which illustrates the transcendent power of story telling. MISCHLING is a novel that will haunt you all your days."