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I loved this book! If you are looking for an engrossing, atmospheric novel that you can’t put down, look no further than What Could Be Saved. One day, Laura receives an email from someone claiming to know her brother who disappeared in Bangkok 40 years earlier when the family was living in Thailand during the Vietnam war. Thus the story of his disappearance ensues as well as all of the family secrets emerging and lies of omission brought to light. This touching story is full of mystery, sibling relationships, tragedy, love and hope.
I'm such a fan of mysteries, the American southwest desert, public lands discussions, Native American voices, humor, and strong and sassy female leads, that this was a perfect read for me. It is current and so relevant, what with the most recent administration doing seemingly whatever it can to destroy our public as well as Native lands (and here we can also discuss the controversial history of our "public" lands...) in the interest of short-term greed. I also loved Petersen's descriptions of the landscape. All of this heavy content is embedded in the intertwined stories of some remarkable, likable heroes, alongside some deliciously creative villains. Read this book, and then let's have a discussion about the notion of "loving our public lands to death", and what some possible solutions are, shall we?
An extremely thoughtful contemporary fiction for fans of American Marriage. Our main character is a very successful Black woman who graduated from Harvard and is living happily in Chicago. When thoughts of having children arise she realizes she needs to reckon with a secret from her poor small town past. She returns home for the holidays and forms a relationship with an unlikely young boy who is white and poor. Turning stereotypes on their heads and making us think about race, class, family and secrets I loved this novel!
What an amazingly epic fantasy based on pre-Columbian indigenous peoples and their myths and legends! The writing quality made it so it felt like historical fiction but with fantastical elements in a fictional land. Following 4 different characters all building up to the "day of convergence", this book kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting more - of course it will be a trilogy!
A budding romance set in 1950s Iran will envelop you in the atmosphere of the time - a beautiful setting during extreme political upheaval. Two young lovers must meet in secret in a stationery/book shop among the pages of Rumi and other great poets. As the intensity of their relationship grows so does the danger outside. This is historical fiction at its best! You will be drawn into this story as the pace continues to accelerate until the surprise ending!
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A haunting debut story collection on friendship, mothers and daughters, and the deep-rooted truths of our homelands, centered on Latinas of indigenous descent that shines a new light on the American West.
Sherlock Homes meets Harry Potter meets Dan Brown! I read this book in a day and a half because I couldn't put it down! I LIVED in this story of secret societies, magic, mystery and murder. A surprising and suspenseful ride!
Wow! This book blew me away! Written in lyrical, gut wrenching prose, Migrations reaches straight for the heart and twists. Set in the near future when many species have gone extinct, one woman sets out on a journey to follow the last flock of Arctic Terns on their long migration to Antarctica. I loved all the settings and how they informed the atmosphere of the book. The main character was at once infuriating, lovable, pitiful, a coward and brave. Like a real person with some serious baggage. But the most important part of this book is to remind us of the beauty and fragility of our natural world and to never stop fighting for Her.
Whoa! I am blown away by this book!! A few wandering souls travel over time and space from the early 1800's to WWII in this truly unique story of love, struggle and the desire to make things right. This book can be read 2 different way, from cover to cover or in a page order mapped out at the beginning. It is a completely different reading experience depending on which way you choose! The atmosphere of Crossings is one of Sherlock Homes written by a David Mitchellesqe character with a love for literature and Paris. This novel is beyond explanation, just read it!!
WOW! A beautifully written, deeply moving saga about trees and our connection to them. A must read for anyone touched by the power of the mother earth! Using rich, descriptive language, Powers has created a breakthrough in the ways we think about and understand the world around us....at a moment when that is desperately needed.