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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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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Prince of Sorrows

Prince of Sorrows by D.K. Marley Published 2018 Genre: Historical Fiction Setting: 9th C. Denmark The king of Denmark is dead. As Prince Amleth mourns his beloved father, anger and resentment grow towards his uncle, Feng, who has claimed the crown . . . and his mother’s, Gerutha’s, hand in marriage. When the old king’s… Read More Prince of Sorrows

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Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St. Mary’s

Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St. Mary’s┬áby Jodi Taylor Published 2013 Genre: Historical Fantasy Setting: England, the near-future St. Mary’s is a listed estate in the rural countryside of Rushford, England. It functions as the headquarters for a select group of historians, scientists, technicians, and security personnel whose job is to… Read More Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St. Mary’s

Book Review

The Taster

The Taster by V.S. Alexander Published 2018 Genre: Historical Fiction Setting: World War II Germany ‘I shuddered. My life might end here. Not even the bombings in Berlin had forced me to face my mortality in such a brutal way. The thought that I might die for Hitler stunned me.’ Magda Ritter is a young… Read More The Taster

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A Man Called Ove

  A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Published 2012. Genre: Upmarket. Setting: Though the book doesn’t give specifics, the reader assumes it takes place in contemporary Sweden. “And you should never befriend something if there’s a possibility it may take a fancy to eating you in your sleep.” Ove is a man who desires… Read More A Man Called Ove