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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!

Oh William!

by Elizabeth Strout

Welsome back Lucy Barton! In Oh William! Lucy reflects on her complex relationship, and intermittent friendship with her first husband, William. In quintessential Strout style, her exploration of characters and their relationships is filled with wit, wisdom and compassion. I love this author’s way of peeling back the layers of a life with such empathy and tenderness that you fall in love with even the most broken person being peeled!

Read all of her books if you can – start with Olive Kitteridge, then Olive Again, then My name is Lucy Barton, then Anything is Possible and lastly this one. Then you can move on to her stand alone novels. She is a gem.

The Other Black Girl

by Zakiya Dalila Harris Welcome to the dog eat dog world of publishing where Nella Rogers is the only black girl at Wagner Books. Image her delight when another black girl, Hazel, is hired and she can share her frustration over the micro-aggressions she faces on a daily basis. But is Hazel really all that […]

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In the Woods

by Tana French Tana French is an Irish mystery writer who is soooooo good! This is her first novel featuring Cassie Maddox, a dectective on the Dublin Murder Squad. Cassie and her close friend and partner, Rob Ryan, are investigating the murder of a young teenager. The crime takes place in the same woods where […]

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The Performance

by Claire Thomas The themes cover relationships, feminism, racial and sexual identity, motherhood, grief, art, philanthropy, and climate change and climate anxiety, and, of course, appreciation of art. All these aspects transpire in a natural, non-didactic, non-message-y way.

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10 minutes 38 seconds in this strange world by Elif Shafak

Tequila Leila is a sex worker in Istanbul who has been murdered. Her spirit takes 10 minutes and 38 seconds to die and in that time she revisits her life and we discover how she ended up here. We meet her family and friends in this time and discover a rich and beautiful life that […]

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Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepra Anapara

Jai lives in a shanty town in India. When one of his classmates goes missing he convinces his two friends, Faiz and Pari to join him in his search. What starts as a game soon becomes more sinister as other children begin to disappear from their neighbourhood. Rumours begin to circulate that the Djinn (or […]

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Rules for Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane

 “A beautifully observed and deeply funny novel of May Attaway, a university gardener who sets out on an odyssey to reconnect with four old friends over the course of a year.” This is the Goodreads opening paragraph from its review. I could not have written it better.

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I’ll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie

After their parents’ death, the McAllister siblings return to the camp where they spent their summers to read the will. They are faced with coming to terms with the murder of a camper twenty years prior. Their father’s will makes demands upon them that makes the process quite painful. It is suspensful, really well written […]

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The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyle

Cyril Avery’s life is reminded frequently that he isn’t a real Avery. He spends a lifetime trying not to look too deeply into who is is, what he wants and where he’s going. This gets him into trouble throughout his life, until he finally takes a long look at himself. His story is sad, witty […]

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The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Danny and Maeve are thrown out of the Dutch House – an immense, fairy tale-like home that their father, Cyril, built for his wife. The house maintains a hold on them and as the book progresses we begin to understand why. The book is well written, suspensful and the characters are wonderfully sketched out.

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