We have more titles to share after another lively Readers’ Round Table meeting!
Here are some favorites from your fellow patrons:
City of Thieves by David Benioff
The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin (2nd time as a favorite!)
Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat
The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna (published in fall 2013)
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (nonfiction)
This beautiful new novel from British author Kate Atkinson is truly an inventive piece of storytelling. The reader is introduced to Ursula Todd not once, but multiple times. That is because Ursula is born and then dies over and over, going a little farther each time, down different paths, all leading to startlingly different versions of Ursula's life. Through her eyes we experience her childhood and family life in a middle-class English household, love in all its forms, and most importantly, the role, or many roles, she will play in World War II.
In this moving coming-of-age story, introspective June Elbus is only understood by one person in the entire world, her Uncle Finn, a free-spirited artist. But when he dies of AIDS, a new and misunderstood illness in 1987, June plummets into an emotional darkness, unreachable even by her older sister Greta, desperate to recreate the friendship they had before Finn.
In 2009, Philipp Meyer was named one of the 20 best writers under 40 by the New Yorker after publishing his book, American Rust. I think it is safe to say that his most recent book, The Son, will secure his place on that list. The story focuses on the McCullough dynasty, who have held power in Texas since the 1800s, actively shaping the social, economic and physical landscape of the state since the wild frontier days.
Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and stepmother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work and they struggle together through poverty and brutal winters. To Abdullah, Pari – as beautiful and sweet-natured as the fairy for which she was named – is everything. More like a parent than a brother, Abdullah will do anything for her.