EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU (MAY 2015)

My favorite book this year is finally out in paperback! Outstanding prose, vibrant three dimensional characters combine to make this quiet powerful story unforgettable. The subtlle storyline will keep you holding your breathe. From the opening sentence, I could tell I was going to be hooked..am anxiously awaiting a second novel....


EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng (Fiction)
“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio.

Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.

A profoundly moving story of family, secrets and longing, EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

“If we know this story, we haven’t seen it yet in American fiction, not until now.... Deep, heartfelt.” —The New York Times Book Review 


WALL STREET JOURNAL PICKS BEST SUMMER NOVELS

I love these authors and can't wait for their new releases! I didn't know that Jami Attenberg was writing another novel. THE MIDDLESTEINS was one of my all time faves and am anticipating another great read. And what can compare to short stories by award winning author, Anne Beattie?

The WSJ is usually right on target, "literally" and financially. So check out their choices...
  

“Saint Mazie”

by Jami Attenberg; June 2

Jami Attenberg, best-selling author of “The Middlesteins,” has written a novel inspired by Mazie P. Gordon, a woman profiled by Joseph Mitchell in the New Yorker in 1940. In the novel, Mazie, a bawdy movie-theater proprietress on New York’s Lower East Side, opens the theater’s doors to the homeless during the Great Depression.


“The State We’re In: Maine Stories”

by Ann Beattie; Aug. 11

This is the first new collection in more than a decade from short-story master Ann Beattie. Three of them are about Jocelyn, a teenager sent for the summer to live with her Uncle Raleigh and dreaded Aunt Bettina Louise Tompkins (BLT for short.)


“The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty”

by Vendela Vida; June 2

This is the fourth novel from award-winning author Vendela Vida. A woman traveling in Casablanca is robbed of all her money and identification, and takes a job as a stand-in for a movie star.






"THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU"

by A.J. Rich; July 7

Award-winning authors Amy Hempel and Jill Ciment, writing together under the pen name A.J. Rich, have collaborated on a thriller in tribute to their late friend, Katherine Russell Rich. The story, about a woman who discovers that her fiancé is not who he said he was, is inspired by a real-life experience of Ms. Rich.


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BUZZING IN THE BOOK WORLD (MAY 2015)


Every once in awhile a book debuts that causes a major buzz amongst book people. A GOD IN RUINS by Kate Atkinson Is buzzing non stop. It's a campanion piece to LIFE AFTER LIFE and it probably helps  if you've read the first one. Reviews have been over the top and the review below by author Tom Perotta says it all....



NEW TIMES REVIEW....

"But then you read a novel like Kate Atkinson’s “A God in Ruins,” a sprawling, unapologetically ambitious saga that tells the story of postwar Britain through the microcosm of a single family, and you remember what a big, old-school novel can do. Atkinson’s book covers almost a century, tracks four generations, and is almost inexhaustibly rich in scenes and characters and incidents. It deploys the whole realist bag of tricks, and none of it feels fake or embarrassing. In fact, it’s a masterly and frequently exhilarating performance by a novelist who seems utterly undaunted by the imposing challenges she’s set for herself."


Sounds like a must read...Is it really, really necessary to read LIFE AFTER LIFE first?  The response is a "yes" by most readers and reviewers.. Do you agree? Leave a comment.....

SUMMER READS (MAY 2015)



Summer is almost here and with its approach comes a selection of books that I'm anxious to read and share. Publisher's Weekly, a trade news magazine compiles a list that usually includes a wide range of choices. Below are some of the new titles....

"Summer is a time to catch up with old friends, like Stephen King, whose Finders Keepers, a new crime fiction novel, follows last summer's  Mr Mercedes. Harper Lee's second book, Go Set a Watchman, arrives after 55 years with all the usual suspects from her eternal blockbuster; and Judy Blume tackles the early 50s with In the Unlikely Event, her first adult novel since 1998. Things that go bump in the night are always fitting summer fare and The Decagon House Murders, a Japanese mystery by Yukito Ayatsuji fills the bill."


Here's a few reviews.....

All That Followed

Gabriel Urza 

A foreign setting that's just exotic enough (the Basque region of Spain), a terrible crime (kidnapping and murder), a small town with complicated history and delicious superstitions (fear of la Cerda, a woman who was burned to death in afurnace as a witch during the Spanish Inquisition for holding gatherings where young girls cavorted with the Devil), and a beautiful widow are just some of the elements that make this intriguing literary debut a book to while away a summer afternoon with. The narrator is an American who has lived in the village for 50 years but acknowledges that he "would always be considered a foreigner here, a visitor passing through." Aren't we all? –








Finders Keepers

Stephen King (Scribner)

I'm a huge fan of Stephen King's high-concept fiction, and last summer while sitting in the airport waiting to leave the American Library Association Annual Conference in Vegas, I read a review of Mr. Mercedes (which had just come out) that described it as a crime novel with the desperation of Under the Dome. I went to the airport's bookstore and picked it up, finished it in a couple days, and spent the rest of the summer reading crime fiction. I'm really excited to kick off another summer of crime fiction with the Mr. Mercedes follow-up. —Seth Dellon, digital business manager

















NOT TO BE MISSED (MAY 2015)



I like a Daviid Baldacci thriller once in a while. He's a blockbuster author and his newest, MEMORY MAN will stay with you long after the turn of the final page....reviewers say. Now he introduces an original, unique character, a man with a perfect memory....if I can remember, it's going on my TBR List.

Another new one, ORHAN'S INHERITANCE, a first novel by Aline Ohanesian is based on a powerful story told by her grandmother. The story was told only once to nine year old Ohanesian and never mentioned again to any family members. Years later it became the inspiration for this novel.


MEMORY MAN by David Baldacci (Thriller)
Amos Decker returned from a stakeout one evening and entered a nightmare --- his wife, young daughter and brother-in-law had been murdered. His family destroyed, their killer's identity as mysterious as the motive behind the crime, and unable to forget a single detail from that horrible night, Decker finds his world collapsing around him. But over a year later, a man turns himself in to the police and confesses to the murders. Decker must endure the memories he would much rather forget --- and may have to make the ultimate sacrifice. Rev


ORHAN'S INHERITANCE by Aline Ohanesian (Fiction)
When Orhan’s brilliant and eccentric grandfather is found dead in a vat of dye, Orhan inherits his decades-old business. Kemal has left the family estate to a stranger thousands of miles away, an aging woman in a retirement home in Los Angeles. Intent on righting this injustice, Orhan boards a plane to LA. There he will unearth a powerful and unforgettable story.


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QUICK PICKS (APRIL 2015)

Looking for something fresh and unusual to read? The suggestions below should fill that gap. You can never go wrong with a Joyce Carol Oates tome and her new one will debut in a few weeks...Are you in the mood for a serious crime thriller minus all the fluff or a bit of Science Fiction with all the trappings? Check out this list submitted by Book Page.


THE WHITES by Richard Price writing as Harry Brandt 

Sgt. Billy Graves of the NYPD pursues his “White” (that’s what Billy calls the one that got away), a triple murderer, in this outstanding contemporary crime thriller.


JACK OF SPADES by Joyce Carol Oates 

Andrew Rush, a critically and commercially successful mystery novelist has a dark secret: under a pseudonym he pens lurid, violent potboilers. He risks everything if his secret comes out in this exceptional tale of suspense.


CITY OF SAVAGES by Lee Kelly 

There are plenty of heart-pounding moments in Kelly’s debut, and an abundance of vividly imagined details bring post-apocalyptic New York City to searing life. But the biggest risk is not one that the characters take—it’s Kelly’s bold spotlighting of the bonds between women.




          AND FOR SOMETHING OFF THE BEATEN PATH......
Between You & Me



                          



 BETWEEN YOU AND ME by Mary Norris
A copy editor at The New Yorker, Norris got her first big break courtesy of a spelling mistake. As a rookie proofreader, she noticed a writer's inadvertent use of "flower" when he meant "flour," a catch that earned effusive praise from her boss. Since then, Norris has spent 30 years scrutinizing commas, distinguishing "that" from "which" and correcting the dreaded dangling participle. With her love of language on full display, the self-titled "Comma Queen" turns what could have been a tedious grammar manual into a witty and entertaining look at the rewards of expressing ourselves precisely.

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PAPERBACK SPOTLIGHT (APRIL 2015)


Although I generally read e-books there are many readers that do not...so here's a paperback that's trendy and exciting...Throw it out when you're done or pass it on to a friend...Sounds like a good psychological thriller....or not.

THE DAUGHTER by Jane Shemilt 

Jenny is a successful family doctor, the mother of three great teenagers, married to a celebrated neurosurgeon.

But when her youngest child, 15-year-old Naomi, doesn’t come home after her school play, Jenny’s seemingly ideal life begins to crumble. The authorities launch a nationwide search with no success. Naomi has vanished, and her family is broken.

As the months pass, the worst-case scenarios --- kidnapping, murder --- seem less plausible. The trail has gone cold. Yet for a desperate Jenny, the search has barely begun. More than a year after her daughter’s disappearance, she’s still digging for answers --- and what she finds disturbs her. Everyone she’s trusted, everyone she thought she knew, has been keeping secrets, especially Naomi. Piecing together the traces her daughter left behind, Jenny discovers a very different Naomi from the girl she thought she’d raised. (Bookreporter.com)

WHAT'S NEW? (April 2015)


Here's two more great reads debuting this month. If you liked WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, Sara Gruen's new novel will be a must read...Remember to click on the Amazon Search Box in the Sidebar to order immediately.


AT THE WATER’S EDGE by Sara Gruen (Historical Fiction)
After disgracing themselves at a high society New Year’s Eve party in Philadelphia in 1944, Madeline Hyde and her husband, Ellis, are cut off financially by his father, a former army colonel who is already ashamed of his son’s inability to serve in the war. When Ellis and his best friend, Hank, decide that the only way to regain the Colonel’s favor is to succeed where the Colonel very publicly failed --- by hunting down the famous Loch Ness monster --- Maddie reluctantly follows them across the Atlantic, leaving her sheltered world behind. 


THE HARDER THEY COME by T.C. Boyle (Psychological Suspense)
On a vacation cruise to Central America with his wife, 70-year-old Sten Stensen unflinchingly kills a gun-wielding robber menacing a busload of senior tourists. The reluctant hero is relieved to return home to Fort Bragg, California, after the ordeal --- only to find that his delusional son, Adam, has spiraled out of control. As Adam's mental state fractures, he becomes increasingly schizophrenic, which leads him to shoot two people. On the run, he takes to the woods, spurring the biggest manhunt in California history.  


MY LATEST READ (April 2015)


I wish I liked THE POCKET WIFE more than I did... I was looking for a stylish thriller with lots of intrigue and not too many side plots. I got what I deserved. It's stylish, not too compelling and brimming with frenetic, unlikeable characters. I'm halfway through and look forward to a predictable ending... Take THE POCKET WIFE on vacation....or on any trip...one way.



THE POCKET WIFE by Susan Crawford (Psychological Thriller)
Dana Catrell is shocked when her neighbor, Celia, is brutally murdered. To Dana’s horror, she was the last person to see Celia alive. Suffering from mania, the result of her bipolar disorder, she has troubling holes in her memory, including what happened on the afternoon of Celia’s death.

Her husband’s odd behavior and the probing of Detective Jack Moss create further complications as she searches for answers. The closer she comes to piecing together the shards of her broken memory, the more Dana falls apart. Is there a murderer lurking inside her...or is there one out there in the shadows of reality, waiting to strike again?


Here's a new one by mystery writer Harlan Coben....


THE STRANGER by Harlan Coben (Thriller)

The Stranger appears out of nowhere. His identity is unknown, and his motives are unclear. But his information is undeniable. He whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world. Adam Price has a lot to lose: a comfortable marriage to a beautiful woman, two wonderful sons, and all the trappings of the American Dream. Then he runs into the Stranger. When he learns a devastating secret about his wife, he confronts her, and the mirage of perfection disappears as if it never existed at all. 


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H IS FOR HAWK (MARCH 2014)


This is not a book I would ordinarily read. Who would have thought H IS FOR HAWK by Helen Macdonald would be described as breathtakingly gorgeous and unforgettable...unique and life changing and so much more.

 After reading the review below, beautifully written by Barbara A.....How can one resist?

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H IS FOR HAWK
By Helen Macdonald
But not just. H is for Helen and heartache; for hares and hunting and hedges and hazel; for hurt and humanity; for history; for homosexuality, in this case repressed and sadistic; for Hitler and his twisted imagery; for healing; and ultimately, for happiness. 
Yes, all of that, and for the most unlikely, magical, poetic hash of memoir; literary history; psychological analysis of the writer and failed falconer T.H. White; and of a study of the heraldry of falconry. 
Beyond brilliant. Beyond anything I have ever read.

SOUNDS GOOD TO ME (MARCH 2015)


Author Joy Fielding never fails to deliver. Not the most literate of authors, her books are fun, undemanding, fast paced edge of your seat reads. This new psychological thriller is reminiscent of Rear Window and critics called it a "spiraling tale of paranoia and suspense." What more could you want?!!

Someone is Watching by Joy Fielding

This engrossing standalone from bestseller Fielding makes you care about Bailey Carpenter, a Miami-based investigator who’s raped while on surveillance. Previously, the biggest problems in Bailey’s life had been her mother’s death, her affair with a married colleague, and her five half-siblings’ attempt to overturn their father’s will, which left millions to Bailey and her often-stoned brother, Heath.

 Now Claire, a nurse as well as the half-sister Bailey barely knows, becomes her guardian angel as she starts on her slow path to recovery. Not sleeping and afraid to leave her high-rise apartment, Bailey suspects every man of evil intent, and she has a number of encounters, both frightening and embarrassing, in her quest to re-establish some control over her life. 

The characters pulsate with life, and there are a few shocks in store—for Bailey and the reader—before the denouement. And the presence of Jade, Claire’s outspoken teen daughter, blows everyone else off the page.



DEBUTING IN MAY.....

Jack of Spades by Joyce Carol Oates 

 – Andrew Rush, a critically and commercially successful mystery novelist has a dark secret: under a pseudonym he pens lurid, violent potboilers. He risks everything if his secret comes out in this exceptional tale of suspense.

 

THE PEARL THAT BROKE ITS SHELL (MARCH 2015)

 

I am currently reading THE PEARL THAT BROKE ITS SHELL by Nadia Hashimi.

This is a story of two women in two very different Afghanistans: one on the brink of modernizations several generations ago, and the other on the brink of collapse under the pressure of the war between the Taliban and the Western forces. 

These two women, Rahima and her great-great-grandmother Shekiba face similar problems being women in a society that does not have any role for women besides bearing sons and doing housework.

The writing often doesn't flow, however, the more I read, the more I became invested in the characters and the story.

Through Rahima, THE PEARL THAT BROKE ITS SHELL deals with questions that most of us living in Western countries would not really think consciously about in this decade (the right to education for girls, the freedom for girls to exist without being seen as indecent, women’s biggest achievement being more than the birth of sons, etc). 

I found it heart-breaking to read about Rahima and think of child-brides like her existing today, but I found it even more frustrating to see how little has changed in the role of women between the generations of these characters.

I recommend this book in spite of some minor flaws. It's an eye-opener.

IN LIKE A LION (MARCH 2015)

It may not feel like Spring in some parts of the world, but books are sprouting up everywhere...even though snow may still be on the ground! 
Below find a few new releases by authors you may know. You can order these books directly from this blog by clicking on the Amazon Search Box in the Sidebar.

 
ALL THE OLD KNIVES
By Olen Steinhauer

MYSTERY
The scene looks peaceful, even dreamy: an attractive couple dining together in beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. But this isn't a romantic evening for the two ex-lovers who are sharing a table at the Rendez-vous restaurant. CIA agent Henry has come from Vienna to find out whether Celia played a traitorous role in a deadly 2006 hijacking. The stakes are high and the tension unrelenting in Steinhauer's top-notch standalone spy novel, perfect for fans of "Homeland.


The Buried Giant








THE BURIED GIANT
By Kazuo Ishiguro

The long-awaited new novel from the acclaimed Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go) is a dramatic and intriguing departure from his previous work. Set in England's savage past, this Arthurian epic follows an elderly couple, Axl and Beatrice, on a quest to find their missing son. In a world of knights and dragons, ogres and pixies, Ishiguro confronts profound questions about memory and revenge.



AND RELEASING MARCH 31

At the Water's Edge

AT THE WATER'S EDGE

In her stunning new novel, Gruen returns to the kind of storytelling she excelled at in Water for Elephants: a historical timeframe in an unusual setting with a moving love story. Think Scottish Downtown Abbey....



KEEP YOUR HEAD ABOVE WATER (FEBRUARY 2015)


 

Have you overdosed on Ludlum and Forsythe? Then give Zander your full attention. THE SWIMMER is fast paced with a strong female lead character. The book takes you to Brussels, to Stockholm, to Paris leaving the reader breathless and wanting more. After Steig Larsson, watch out for this new voice in Scandinavian crime fiction, Joakim Zander.....



THE SWIMMER by Joakim Zander


Klara Walldeen, orphaned as a child and brought up by her grandparents on a remote Swedish archipelago, is now a political aide in Brussels. And she has just seen something she shouldn’t: something people will kill to keep hidden. 

On the other side of the world, an old spy hides from his past. Once, he was a man of action: so dedicated to the cause that he abandoned his baby daughter to keep his cover. Now the only thing he lives for is swimming in the local pool. 

Then, on Christmas eve, Klara is thrown into a terrifying chase through Europe. Only the Swimmer can save her. But time is running out...
 
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WORTH NOTING (FEBRUARY 2015)



I recently read the following review on Bookreporter.com and simultaneously received an email from a blog reader who expressed similar sentiments. M.O. Walsh has written a heartfelt, old fashioned Southern novel, ruptured by an unspeakable crime. According to both readers this is a compelling and unforgettable book.

MY SUNSHINE AWAY by M.O. Walsh 

 
I was lucky enough to read MY SUNSHINE AWAY back in the spring of 2014, as I interviewed M.O. Walsh for the BEA Book Buzz session last May. When I read the title, I started humming the song “You Are My Sunshine,” which I learned is one of the state songs of Louisiana. Then I read the first line of the book, “There were four suspects in the rape of Lindy Simpson,” and I stopped thinking sunny thoughts.

In the summer of 1989, Lindy was a girl who caught boys’ eyes, but while she was turning heads, she never seemed to notice. Then she is attacked one night, and the world changes for both her and those in the neighborhood around her. The “safe” world became a lot less innocent.

MY SUNSHINE AWAY is a brilliant, beautifully written coming-of-age story that has a mystery rolled into it --- a mystery that is not resolved until the last few pages. (www.bookreporter.com)


ANOTHER ONE TO WATCH.... 


CRAZY LOVE YOU by Lisa Unger 

Lisa Unger has a knack for writing the kind of edgy psychological thriller that lures you in and wraps itself around you. Then, just when you think I got this story nailed, she whooshes you off into another direction. When you settle there, you know you better not get comfortable. This is a light read, a twisted tale, suspenseful and fast paced....mixed reviews.


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THE THREE M's (February 2015)

Who doesn't like a good psychological thriller...with emphasis on the good?  Reviewers are labeling THE POCKET WIFE a compelling novel of "intrigue and white knuckle pacing." 
You've got a multitude of M's in this one...murder, marriage and madness...sounds like a must-read...or at least a maybe-read! Mmmmm, probably a Maybe.....


THE POCKET WIFE by Susan Crawford

Dana Catrell is shocked when her neighbor Celia is brutally murdered. To Dana’s horror, she was the last person to see Celia alive. Suffering from mania, the result of her bipolar disorder, she has troubling holes in her memory, including what happened on the afternoon of Celia’s death.

Her husband’s odd behavior and the probing of Detective Jack Moss create further complications as she searches for answers. The closer she comes to piecing together the shards of her broken memory, the more Dana falls apart. Is there a murderer lurking inside her...or is there one out there in the shadows of reality, waiting to strike again?


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OPRAH OR NOT (FEBRUARY 2015)



I commend Oprah for influencing people to read...a major accomplishment!  I don't always like her selections but hopefully this current choice will be a good one. I'm glad she's chosen a new author, that's a departure...although the focus of the novel is vaguely familiar. Anyway, I'm downloading Ruby and have high hopes.


RUBY BY CYNTHIA BOND

The epic, unforgettable story of a man determined to protect the woman he loves from the town desperate to destroy her—this beautiful and devastating debut heralds the arrival of a major new voice in fiction.
 
Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby, “the kind of pretty it hurt to look at,” has suffered beyond imagining, so as soon as she can, she flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York.

Ruby quickly winds her way into the ripe center of the city--the darkened piano bars and hidden alleyways of the Village--all the while hoping for a glimpse of the red hair and green eyes of her mother. When a telegram from her cousin forces her to return home, thirty-year-old Ruby Bell finds herself reliving the devastating violence of her girlhood.

With the terrifying realization that she might not be strong enough to fight her way back out again, Ruby struggles to survive her memories of the town’s dark past. Meanwhile, Ephram must choose between loyalty to the sister who raised him and the chance for a life with the woman he has loved since he was a boy.

Full of life, exquisitely written, and suffused with the pastoral beauty of the rural South, Ruby is a transcendent novel of passion and courage. 
(Reviewed by www.bookmovement.com )


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STRONG WOMEN (FEBRUARY 2015)



ISABELLA THE WARRIOR QUEEN by Kirsten Downey 

This historical tale portrays a quintessentially powerful woman, ruling at the beginning of a century in which powerful women practically sprang from the earth. Like most important historical subjects, she is little known or thought of outside of narrow academic circles. She's a woman you won't forget.

The author writes well, and does a creditable job of telling us what we need to know about Isabella and her world without getting too far into the weeds of late 15th and early 16th century politics.  The book is especially good at putting Isabella into her context, whether the self-absorbed lassitude of various northern European rulers, or the politico-religious intensity of Spain and other Mediterranean lands that were facing the shatteringly real threat of Muslim Turkish aggression. 

The seismic upheaval of the fall of Constantinople in 1453, the conquest and rape of the Balkans, incursions into Hungary and southern Italy and the threats to Sicily and Spain itself were a powerful element in shaping the life and times of this momentously important queen. The down side? This is a LONG book, coming in a little under 700 pages. Still, worth the read.....


THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah (Historical Fiction)

With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of World War II and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women’s war. 

The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France. 



Two blog readers recommended these books which are recipients of great reviews and positive comments. If you like a history book that reads like a novel, try one of the above. 

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OH NO!! (February 2015)


Over the past 50 years Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, Anne Tyler has published 19 novels, including Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, An Accidental Tourist and Digging to America. The 71-year-old author has revealed the title of her latest work, A Spool of Blue Thread, after announcing that she would not write another novel...OH NO!...I've read all of her novels. I'm an Anne Tyler groupie!  Say it isn't so............



A Spool of Blue Thread









A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD BY ANNE TYLER

The Whitshanks aren't "a melodramatic family," Tyler tells us at the outset of her luminous 20th novel. But Abby and Red Whitshank and their four children do have their share of secrets and jealousies, some of which will resurface as Abby and Red face the challenges of aging in their rambling Baltimore home. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Tyler marks the 50th year of her writing career with another remarkably convincing look at the push-and-pull of family life.

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NOTHING IS AS SIMPLE AS IT SEEMS (FEBRUARY 2015)

















A Simple Plan by Scott Smith 

In this wholly realistic novel, two brothers and a friend come upon a crashed plane in whose shattered ruins they find an enormous sum of money. Before that moment, none of these men has ever needed to concoct a simple plan to keep and conceal a fortune that quite obviously does not belong them. 

In the midst of doing just that, they become criminals, as well as victims of crime. The story builds steadily as the wages of sin become more and more costly. Here is a classic cautionary tale about the penalty dishonesty may exact upon ordinary, and largely innocent, human beings.


Blog readers and critics are raving about this new suspenseful novel by Scott Smith.
I hope it's better than Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins which is #2 on NYTIMES Bestseller list, not sure why...

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