WOLF IN WHITE VAN (SEPTEMBER 2014)

Two Blog readers recommended this bizarre sounding debut novel. Would I read it? Not sure, but in the spirit of  openmindedness and diversification, I'm including WOLF IN WHITE VAN by John Darnielle on my blog.
"Quiet, mysterious, menacing, taking you places you will never, never get out of your head.” 

 Is that a good thing? Some blog readers think so.

Here's a summary from Bookish.com.


Wolf in White Van


Welcome to Trace Italian, a game of strategy and survival! You may now make your first move. Isolated by a disfiguring injury since the age of seventeen, Sean Phillips crafts imaginary worlds for strangers to play in. From his small apartment in southern California, he orchestrates fantastic adventures where possibilities, both dark and bright, open in the boundaries between the real and the imagined. As the creator of “Trace Italian”—a text-based, role-playing game played through the mail—Sean guides players from around the world through his intricately imagined terrain, which they navigate and explore, turn by turn, seeking sanctuary in a ravaged, savage future America. 

Lance and Carrie are high school students from Florida, and are explorers of the Trace. But when they take their play into the real world, disaster strikes, and Sean is called on to account for it. In the process, he is pulled back through time, tracing back toward the moment of his own self-inflicted departure from the world in which most people live. 

Brilliantly constructed, Wolf in White Van unfolds backward in time until we arrive at both the beginning and the climax: the event that has shaped so much of Sean’s life. Beautifully written and unexpectedly moving, John Darnielle’s audacious and gripping debut novel is a marvel of storytelling.


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MAN BOOKER SHORT LIST (SEPTEMBER 2014)

Man Booker Prize 2014 Shortlist

Previously open to authors from the UK & Commonwealth, Republic of Ireland and Zimbabwe, the 2014 Man Booker Prize reflects the diversity of the novel in English regardless of the author’s nationality. This year’s shortlist features two America authors, Joshua Ferris and Karen Joy Fowler; one Australian, Richard Flanagan; and three British authors, Howard Jacobson, Neel Mukherjee and Ali Smith. I read The Lives of Others by Mukherjee and highly recommend it, however, I boldly predict Joshua Ferris's To Rise Again At A Decent Hour as the winner...But don't be surprised if I delete my prediction if I'm wrong!

(Thankyou to The Reading Room for contributing to this post.)


To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferriswant_to_read_buttonPaul O’Rourke is a Manhattan dentist with a thriving practice leading a quiet, routine-driven life. But behind the smiles and the nice apartment, he’s a man made of contradictions, and his biggest fear is that he may never truly come to understand anybody, including himself. Then someone begins to impersonate Paul online, and he watches in horror as a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account are created in his name. What begins as an outrageous violation of his privacy soon becomes something more soul-frightening: the possibility that the online “Paul” might be a better version of the real thing.

J - A Novelwant_to_read_buttonAfter the devastation of WHAT HAPPENED, IF IT HAPPENED, all that should remain is peace and prosperity. Everyone knows his or her place; all actions are out in the open. But Esme Nussbaum has seen the distorted realities, the fissures that have only widened in the twenty-plus years since she was forced to resign from her position at the monitor of the Public Mood. Now, Esme finds something strange and special developing in a romance between Ailinn Solomons and Kevern Cohen. As this unusual pair’s actions draw them into ever-increasing danger, Esme realizes she must do everything in her power to keep them together—whatever the cost.

The Narrow Road to the Deep Northwant_to_read_buttonIn the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever. This savagely beautiful novel is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.

How to be Both by Ali Smithwant_to_read_buttonBorrowing from painting’s fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it’s a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions. There’s a renaissance artist of the 1460s. There’s the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real – and all life’s givens get given a second chance.

The Lives of Otherswant_to_read_buttonCalcutta, 1967. Unnoticed by his family, Supratik has become dangerously involved in student unrest, agitation, extremist political activism. Compelled by an idealistic desire to change his life and the world around him, all he leaves behind before disappearing is this note. The ageing patriarch and matriarch of his family, the Ghoshes, preside over their large household, unaware that beneath the barely ruffled surface of their lives the sands are shifting. More than poisonous rivalries among sisters-in-law, destructive secrets, and the implosion of the family business, this is a family unravelling as the society around it fractures. For this is a moment of turbulence, of inevitable and unstoppable change: the chasm between the generations, and between those who have and those who have not, has never been wider.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselveswant_to_read_buttonMeet the Cooke family: Mother and Dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons. “I was raised with a chimpanzee,” she explains. “I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren’t thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern’s expulsion … she was my twin, my funhouse mirror, my whirlwind other half and I loved her as a sister.” As a child, Rosemary never stopped talking. Then, something happened, and Rosemary wrapped herself in silence.

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SEPTEMBER'S FINEST!



Don't miss these two new releases by authors that you know well...and if you don't, you'll appreciate the introduction! Both books can be ordered directly from the blog by clicking on the Amazon Search Box in the sidebar.




The Children Act by Ian McEwan 
 
The Children Act is McEwan at his finest, provoking questions of morality and issues of marriage in this slip of a book. Through Fiona, a family court judge, the reader is introduced to rich characters and a gripping story, as Fiona must decide whether to save the life of a seventeen-year-old boy refusing a blood transfusion because of religion.




My Passages


 DARING By Gail Sheehy

The journalist who brought us  PASSAGES, a landmark look at the key transitions of life—recalls her own remarkable journey in an engaging new memoir, DARING. Sheehy traces her struggles as a single mother, her trailblazing work as a writer for New York magazine and her romance with (and eventual marriage to) charismatic editor Clay Felker. Throughout it all, Sheehy writes, she dared to accept new challenges, tapping her passion and resilience to endure her own "passages."

MY LATEST READ (August 2014)


Bestselling author Thrity Umigar provides a unique perspective on the plight of the immigrant in this new release, THE STORY HOUR. I've read many of her books including THE WORLD WE FOUND and THE SPACE BETWEEN US, both poignant and profound reads. I expected THE STORY HOUR to be an absorbing read and was immediately captivated by the disarming characters and riveting storyline. Don't miss this brilliant twisted tale!
(Nothing like a brilliant twist....)



THE STORY HOUR by Thrity Umrigar 

Lakshmi Patil is lost in the sadness of her life. Dr. Maggie Bose is adrift and in danger of ruining her marriage. Brought together by Lakshmi’s suicide attempt, both women begin to see life from a new perspective, and realize their lives are more than what they perceive and can be more than what they thought. They begin their relationship as patient and doctor, and end up in a weird quasi-friendship from which neither can walk away.




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AMERICANAH...... (August 2014)




I send out a monthy newsletter to blog followers, friends, family and anyone whose email I possess that may be a reader...This month I received responses from several recipients recommending AMERICANAH by Chimanda Ncozi Adiche.

 It was released in March to rave reviews and is a five hundred page powerful story of race and identity in Anerica and Nigeria.  AMERICANAH  takes place over a fifteen year period and is primarily about a Nigerian woman named Lfemelu and her first love. Racism is a recurring theme as is life in America for black Americans and non-American blacks.

Adiche is a gifted writer and her observations are painfully acute.  There are great insites into Nigerian life and observations about racism that are astounding.  Adiche describes AMERICANAH as a love story and it's the central theme,  but primarily AMERICANAH is a mix of sadness, laughter and brilliance.

HALF A YELLOW SUN,  another novel by Adiche is a vivid portrayal of Biafra before and after the war. It dramatically portrays the strength and endurance of the human spirit..a must read along with AMERICANAH.

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AUGUST PICKS

I can't believe we're halfway through August! There's still some highly anticipated books debuting on a daily basis. A special thankyou to blog readers who submitted the following comments.

WE ARE NOT OURSELVES BY MATTHEW THOMAS
WE ARE NOT OURSELVES by Matthew Thomas  Is Destined to be a classic, this “powerfully moving” (Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding), multigenerational debut novel of an Irish-American family is nothing short of a “masterwork” (Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End).

Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish immigrant parents in Woodside, Queens, in an apartment where the mood swings between heartbreak and hilarity, depending on whether guests are over and how much alcohol has been consumed.

When Eileen meets Ed Leary, a scientist whose bearing is nothing like those of the men she grew up with, she thinks she’s found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit. They marry, and Eileen quickly discovers Ed doesn’t aspire to the same, ever bigger, stakes in the American Dream.

Eileen encourages her husband to want more: a better job, better friends, a better house, but as years pass it becomes clear that his growing reluctance is part of a deeper psychological shift. An inescapable darkness enters their lives, and Eileen and Ed and their son Connell try desperately to hold together a semblance of the reality they have known, and to preserve, against long odds, an idea they have cherished of the future.

Through the Learys, novelist Matthew Thomas charts the story of the American Century, particularly the promise of domestic bliss and economic prosperity that captured hearts and minds after WWII. The result is a riveting and affecting work of art; one that reminds us that life is more than a tally of victories and defeats, that we live to love and be loved, and that we should tell each other so before the moment slips away. 






THE STORY HOUR BY THRITY UMIGER


With Grace, wisdom, and incredible compassion, Thrity Umrigar has woven together the lives of two seemingly dissimilar women who must learn - against steep odds - to forgive each other and themselves. Lakshmi's voice and stories found their way quickly into my heart and didn't let up, or let go. I dare anyone to resist her or this wonderful novel.







AND A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE PICK......

EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng

I am stunned that this is Celeste Ng's first novel. I was instantly drawn into this book, with its beautifully drawn characters and superb writing. On its surface, the story is a mystery: What led to the death of Lydia Lee, a sixteen-year-old honor student with (supposedly) everything to live for? In reality, the mystery goes far deeper, into the lives of each member of the family. By the end of the book, the reader is fully in sympathy with each character.

The novel, which takes place in the late 70s, begins with Lydia's death. Was it murder? Was it suicide? Or was it something else? The reader spends most of the novel thinking one thing, only to be surprised at the end with the truth. The author delves into the lives of each family member: James, the father, who never felt really at home in any situation; Marilyn, the mother, whose dreams were shelved by the demands of marriage, family, and the times; Nathan, the older brother, whose brilliance is overlooked; Lydia, the golden child burdened with all the frustrated aspirations of her parents; and Hannah, the overlooked afterthought of a child, a silent but keen observer of everyone in her family. 

Don't miss this intriguing read.....


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TRENDS FOR FALL (08/2014)


I hate to think that Fall is fast approaching, although on a positive note, Fall book releases are looking positive.  Publishers Weekly included a list of books by some familiar authors.  Below find some brief comments....

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (Random, Sept.) - Channeling multiple lives and chance encounters, as in Cloud Atlas, Mitchell's ambitious new novel is called "a thing of beauty" by PW.


A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (Riverhead, Oct.) -An engrossing epic that explores the tumultuous world of Jamaica over three decades and the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the late 1970s. PW says "this novel should be required reading."


Lila by Marilynne Robinson (FSG, Oct.) - This third of three novels set in the fictional plains town of Gilead, Iowa, follows Gilead and Home; it's called a "masterpiece of prose" by PW.


AND.....watch for a new release by Haruki Marakami .... 

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami (Knopf, Aug.) - Murakami follows the life of a loner years after his group of best friends told him they didn't want to see him any longer--and reveals the secrets of their entwined pasts.












ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE (AUGUST 2014)

Who doesn't love the Beatles? Author Candy Leonard is a first generation Beatle fan and her new release Beatleness is available now on Amazon. This detailed memoir is based on hours of interviews with first generation fans combined with a backdrop of the tumultuous times we experienced during their reign. Beatleness is for anyone who appreciates pop culture and history...Beatle fan or not...You wont be able to "Let It Be".




 BEATLENESS by Candy Leonard
Between 1964 and 1970 the Beatles presented a nonstop deluge of sounds, words, images, and ideas, transforming the childhood and adolescence of millions of baby boomers. Beatleness  shows how the band became a source of emotional, intellectual, aesthetic, and spiritual nurturance in fans’ lives, creating a relationship that was historically unique. Looking at that relationship against the backdrop of the sexual revolution, the Vietnam War, political assassinations, and other events of those tumultuous years, the book critically examines the often-heard assertion that the Beatles “changed everything” and shows how—through the interplay between the group, the fans, and the culture—that change came about.

A generational memoir and cultural history based on hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with first-generation fans, Beatleness allows readers to experience—or re-experience—what it was like to be a young person during those transformative years.  Not only for hard core fans, Beatleness will appeal to anyone interested in American history, pop music, and the power of popular culture.

 For more information about the book, including excerpts and early reviews, go to Beatleness.com 



About the Author

Candy Leonard is a sociologist with a background in qualitative research, child development, popular culture, and media studies. She is also a first-generation Beatle fan, intimately familiar with their entire body of work, biography, commentary, and fan culture, and has written and lectured on the Beatles. She lives in Cambridge, MA.

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REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS (JULY 2014)


Nancy B is a blog reader and a college classmate. She and her husband are members of several book groups and are discerning readers. I recently received the following email;

"Our condo association book club just read and discussed “ Remember Me Like This” by Bret Anthony Johnston. It’s not an” enjoyable" read because of the subject matter. There is a feeling of tension throughout the novel.  The consensus  was that this novel was written masterfully, however,  this is not a book for the reader who is expecting the perfect ending. This author has a remarkable future ahead."






REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS by Bret Anthony Johnston

Four years after he disappeared, 16-year-old Justin Campbell is miraculously returned to his family after a flea-market vendor recognizes him from the ubiquitous missing-child posters that paper the town of Corpus Christi, Texas. In the years since he was kidnapped by a violent pedophile, his shattered family members have each found solitary ways of coping with his absence. His father, Eric, is involved in an extramarital affair; his mom, Laura, has spent hours volunteering at Marine Lab, caring for sick dolphins; and his brother, Griff, has isolated himself from friends, spending all his time skateboarding in the cracked pool of the half-razed Teepee Motel. They are stunned and overjoyed at Justin’s return, but his reappearance also reveals the fragility of their wounded family at a time when they need all of their strength to help ease Justin’s reentry. 

Debut novelist Johnston, a 5 under 35 honoree from the National Book Foundation and director of the creative-writing program at Harvard, has crafted a sensitive and frequently suspenseful portrait of a family struggling to heal in the aftermath of great trauma. --Joanne Wilkinson

Author Info
http://www.bretanthonyjohnston.com
 

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VENTING (JULY 2014)




So disappointed in THE ARSONIST by Sue Miller. I am halfway through and feel like I'm reading a script for Lifetime TV. (No offense, Lifetime, I need you sometimes.)  As a result, I have resorted to reading MORALITY PLAY by Barry Unsworth.

 MORALITY PLAY is my book group's selection and a Booker Prize contender. If my close friend, who is a thoughtful and intelligent reader wasn't leading the discussion of Morality Play, that book would be on my NTBR list (Not to be Read List)...So between the two books, I'm not happy.

Hopefully upon completion of one, I'll find some redeeming features..probably MORALITY PLAY, since a group discussion usually stimulates a better understanding and appreciation.  Keep tuned....



LOOKING FOR A THRILL... (July 2014)


 A stolen masterpiece by Caravaggio goes missing in #1 New York Times author Daniel Silva’s latest action-packed tale of high stakes and international intrigue. THE HEIST, Silva's latest thriller is sure to hold your interest... Ready for some thrills? This is it.....

THE HEIST by Daniel Silva
Legendary spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon is in Venice repairing an altarpiece by Veronese when he receives an urgent summons from the Italian police. The eccentric London art dealer Julian Isherwood has stumbled upon a chilling murder scene in Lake Como, and is being held as a suspect. To save his friend, Gabriel must track down the real killers and then perform one simple task: find the most famous missing painting in the world. 
Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled readers with 16 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back --- from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant creation, Gabriel Allon --- art restorer, assassin, spy --- has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne and Simon Templar.
Following the success of his smash hit THE ENGLISH GIRL, Daniel Silva returns with another powerhouse of a novel that showcases his outstanding skill and brilliant imagination, and is sure to be a must read for both his multitudes of fans and growing legions of converts.

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NEW RELEASE SPOTLIGHT (JULY 2014)

 SISTERS OF TREASON by Elizabeth Fremantle 
Several blog readers contacted me in regard to this new release in historical fiction. Bookreporter.com featured it in their "one to watch" column...reviews have been positive, the Tudors are always turbulent...sounds like a great historical ride.

Early in Mary Tudor’s turbulent reign, Lady Catherine and Lady Mary Grey are reeling after the brutal execution of their elder 17-year-old sister, Lady Jane Grey, and the succession is by no means stable. In SISTERS OF TREASON, Elizabeth Fremantle brings these young women to life in a spellbinding Tudor tale of love and politics.

Neither sister is well suited to a dangerous life at court. Flirtatious Lady Catherine, thought to be the true heir, cannot control her compulsion to love and be loved. Her sister, clever Lady Mary, has a crooked spine and a tiny stature in an age when physical perfection equates to goodness --- and both girls have inherited the Tudor blood that is more curse than blessing. For either girl to marry without royal permission would be a potentially fatal political act. It is the royal portrait painter, Levina Teerlinc, who helps the girls survive these troubled times. She becomes their mentor and confidante, but when the Queen’s sister, the hot-headed Elizabeth, inherits the crown, life at court becomes increasingly treacherous for the surviving Grey sisters. Ultimately each young woman must decide how far she will go to defy her Queen, risk her life, and find the safety and love she longs for.

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CALIFORNIA...HERE I COME..(JULY 2014)




CALIFORNIA by Edan Lepucki sounds like a welcome respite from all the summer reads. The review below tells it all, and if your up for a vision of the future, crisp prose, engaging and not so engaging characters, CALIFORNIA Is for you. 



"In her arresting debut novel, Edan Lepucki conjures a lush, intricate, deeply disturbing vision of the future, then masterfully exploits its dramatic possibilities." ---Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad

The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they've left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable in the face of hardship and isolation. Mourning a past they can't reclaim, they seek solace in each other. But the tentative existence they've built for themselves is thrown into doubt when Frida finds out she's pregnant.

Terrified of the unknown and unsure of their ability to raise a child alone, Cal and Frida set out for the nearest settlement, a guarded and paranoid community with dark secrets. These people can offer them security, but Cal and Frida soon realize this community poses dangers of its own. In this unfamiliar world, where everything and everyone can be perceived as a threat, the couple must quickly decide whom to trust.

A gripping and provocative debut novel by a stunning new talent, California imagines a frighteningly realistic near future, in which clashes between mankind's dark nature and deep-seated resilience force us to question how far we will go to protect the ones we love.

ONES TO WATCH (July 2014)




Summer is upon us and blog readers are chatting up the following titles. On the beach or off, these new releases will hold your interest....definitely Ones To Watch....




THE CORSICAN CAPER by Peter Mayle (Mystery/Thriller)
Awaiting the arrival of vacationing friends Sam Levitt and Elena Morales, billionaire Francis Reboul spies a massive yacht whose passengers seem a little too interested in his property. The yacht belongs to rapacious Russian tycoon Oleg Vronsky, who, for his own purposes, will stop at nothing to obtain Reboul’s villa. When Reboul refuses to sell, Vronsky’s methods quickly turn unsavory. Now it’s up to Sam to negotiate with an underworld of mercenaries and hit men. 


THE LAST MAGAZINE by Michael Hastings (Fiction)
The year is 2002. Weekly news magazines dominate the political agenda in New York and Washington. A young journalist named Michael M. Hastings is a 22-year-old intern at The Magazine who will stop at nothing to turn his internship into a full-time position. As Hastings loses his naïveté about the journalism game, he must choose where his loyalties lie --- with the men at The Magazine who can advance his career, or with his friend in the field who is reporting the truth.


THE RISE and FALL OF GREAT POWERS by Tom Rachman (Fiction)
Tooly Zylberberg, the American owner of an isolated bookshop in the Welsh countryside, conducts a life full of reading, but with few human beings. Books are safer than people, who might ask awkward questions about her life. She prefers never to mention the strange events of her youth, which mystify and worry her still. Then startling news arrives from a long-lost boyfriend in New York, raising old mysteries and propelling her on a quest around the world in search of answers.


AND an all time favorite author debuts.....

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Boyajian

This is the story of Emily Shepard, a homeless girl living in an igloo made of garbage bags in Burlington. Nearly a year ago, a power plant in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont had a meltdown, and both of Emily's parents were killed. Devastatingly, her father was in charge of the plant, and the meltdown may have been his fault—was he drunk when it happened? Thousands of people are forced to leave their homes in the Kingdom; rivers and forests are destroyed; and Emily feels certain that as the daughter of the most hated man in America, she is in danger. So instead of following the social workers and her classmates after the meltdown, Emily takes off on her own for Burlington, where she survives by stealing, sleeping on the floor of a drug dealer's house, inventing a new identity for herself, and befriending a young homeless kid named Cameron. But Emily can't outrun her past, can't escape her grief, can't hide forever-and so she comes up with the only plan that she can.....


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THE ARSONIST (07/2014)

Sue Miller is an American writer who has written many bestselling novels. As a single mother she had little time to write and her first novel was not published until 1986. Since then several novels have been made into feature films and some became award winners.

I have always been a loyal fan. When I discovered she purchased a condo in the same building as my son, I could barely contain myself.  Since my stalking skills are limited, I settled for an occasional glimpse.(Very occasional..actually not at all)
Her new book THE ARSONIST was recently released to glowing reviews.

Here's what one reviewer said....

Troubled by the feeling that she belongs nowhere after working in East Africa for fifteen years, Frankie Rowley has come home—home to the small New Hampshire village of Pomeroy and the farmhouse where her family has always summered. On her first night back, a house up the road burns to the ground. Then another house burns, and another, always the houses of the summer people. In a town where people have never bothered to lock their doors, social fault lines are opened.

Suspenseful, sophisticated, rich in psychological nuance and emotional insight, The Arsonist is vintage Sue Miller—a finely wrought novel about belonging and community, about how and where one ought to live, about what it means to lead a fulfilling life. One of our most elegant and engrossing novelists at her inimitable best.

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TURN BACK TIME (06/2014)


Anthony Doerr is a multiple award winning author. His newest novel, "All the Light We Cannot See" is considered a very special read. Reviewers have labeled it poignant and often sad mixed with happiness and anger. Beautiful descriptions and elegant prose prevail throughout. Is this an epic work of fiction? Lots of readers think so....


All the Light We Cannot See

Marie-Laure has been blind since the 
age of six. Her father builds a perfect miniature of their Paris neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. But when the Nazis invade, father and daughter flee with a dangerous secret.  


Werner is a German orphan, destined to labor in the same mine that claimed his father's life, until he discovers a knack for engineering.

His talent wins him a place at a brutal military academy, but his way out of obscurity is built on suffering. At the same time, far away in a walled city by the sea, an old man discovers new worlds without ever setting foot outside his home. But all around him, impending danger closes in. 

Doerr's combination of soaring imagination and meticulous observation is electric. As Europe is engulfed by war and lives collide unpredictably, 'All The Light We Cannot See' is a captivating and devastating elegy for innocence.(Goodreads.com)

Barbara A is a Goodreads.com friend. Below are her comments;
"It seemed to take me forever to finish this book, but now that I have, I only want to turn back time and read it all over again. Beautiful prose. Beautiful, beautiful prose, and shimmering imagery, and all manner of technical mastery of technical material. Symbolism that spills over itself and continually reconfigures into new kaleidoscopic visions of the innermost heart and soul and mind."

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