Book Review

Bridge of Clay

Author: Markus Zusak Published: 2018, Knopf Books for Young Readers Genre: Contemporary Setting: Australia This is the story of the Dunbar boys, five brothers coping with their mother’s death and father’s abandonment. Told from the viewpoint of the oldest brother and through a series of flashbacks, we see how their parents met and the impetus… Read More Bridge of Clay

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Where the Crawdads Sing

Author: Delia Owens Published: 2018, G.P. Putnam’s Sons Genre: Commercial Setting: 1950’s-1970’s North Carolina Part murder mystery, part ode to the lush beauty of the tidal marshes of North Carolina, Where the Crawdads Sing tells the story of Kya, a young girl abandoned by her family in a southern backwater. Alone in the wilderness, with… Read More Where the Crawdads Sing

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A Discovery of Witches

Author: Deborah Harkness Published (paperback): 2011, Penguin Books Genre: Fantasy Setting: Contemporary England/France/New England Diana Bishop is a historian researching medieval alchemical texts at Oxford’s Bodleian Library. When she encounters a manuscript hidden for centuries, the supernatural world pursues her, and her repressed heritage as a powerful witch must surface. This book starts with a promising plot… Read More A Discovery of Witches

Book Review

Never Let Me Go

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Published (paperback): 2006, Vintage Genre: Literature, Dystopian Sci-fi Setting: Contemporary England When I finished reading this book, I initially gave it only three stars. It has none of my hallmarks for great literature. No cascading narrative, delicately woven prose, or characters whose emotional depths reveal spiritual or worldly truths. So what, my… Read More Never Let Me Go

Book Review

The Muse

Author: Jessie Burton Published: 2016, Ecco Genre: Historical Fiction Setting: Dual Timeline, 1967 London/1936 Spain Synopsis Odelle Bastien, a native Trinidadian, has toiled in London for five years, her dream of a better life slowly slipping away. When she takes a job as typist at an art gallery, her enigmatic boss, Marjorie Quick, and the… Read More The Muse

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The Song of Achilles

Author: Madeline Miller Published (paperback): 2012, Ecco Genre: Historical Fantasy/Mythology Setting: Ancient Greece/Troy Synopsis The Song of Achilles takes place in the years preceding and during the Trojan War. It is told from the viewpoint of Patroclus (of Homer’s Iliad), a teenage Greek prince. After an unfortunate accident leaves Patroclus exiled to another land, he… Read More The Song of Achilles