Welcome to Tell Me a Story

This blog was developed to give me a space to give you recommendations of books that I’ve read and loved.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I!

Little fires everywhere by Celeste Ng

The story begins at the end, with the Richardson house ablaze. Mother, Elena, has always followed the rules and her life is upended when Mia Warren, a visual artist and non-conformer, moves to town with her daughter, Pearl. Pearl is befriended by the Richardson children and they become mesmerized by Mia. Their lives become entangled and unravel in unforseen ways. The novel is beautifully, gently written – with characters that are well-meaning, if misguided, doing damage to those they love and those they disdain, but shouldn’t.

I found you by Lisa Jewel

Single mom, Alice, finds a man sitting on the beach outside her house. She invites him in out of the rain and discovers that he can’t remember who he is. Twenty-three years earlier Gray and Kristy Ross accompany their parents on their annual trip to Ridinghouse Bay. At the same time Lily, a blissfully happy [...]

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Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss

Jules Epstein has given away his money and earthly possessions (of which there are PLENTY) and disappeared in Tel Aviv. He is on a quest for the meaning of his life, much to the chagrin of his three children. Meanwhile, Nicole is a NY city novelist, mother of two whose marriage is failing. She abruptly [...]

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The shoe on the roof by Will Fergusson

Thomas Rosanoff, a brain-research grad student, is dumped by Amy and is shattered. He decides to kidnap and heal her mentally ill brother who believes he is Christ. When Thomas runs into two more men who make the same claim he decides to fix them all. If successful, he will win back Amy and make [...]

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The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Newly (happily) widowed Cora Seagrave heads to Essex with her maidservant, Martha, and her autistic son Francis. There she becomes entangled in the local mystery of the Essex serpent. This a novel about ideas “though its sensibility is firmly, consciously, even a little cheekily, gothic.” You will love Cora and Martha’s strength, humour and commitment [...]

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The Mothers by Britt Bennett

Nadia Turner is grief stricken by the recent suicide of her mom. She takes up with the local pastor’s son, Luke Sheppard. She hastily leaves her home town and, by extension, Luke. Returning to that town years later she has to confront all that she left behind, including her unresolved feelings towards Luke. This is [...]

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