A strange, magic-tinged novella from the author of A Man Called Ove and Beartown. The story begins on Christmas Eve, with a father telling a story to his son—but it's not your typical Christmas story. The other-worldly quality put me in mind of The Book Thief. If you're in a reading slump, this is the right length and pace to get you out of it. More info →
A reader (Hi, Bethany!) enthusiastically shared this title with me after I mentioned I was reading de la Cruz's brand-new book Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe (mentioned in this week's post about Jane Austen retellings). When Jasmine wins a big-deal college scholarship, her immigrant parents are forced to reveal the truth they've been hiding: their visas expired years ago, and they're staying in California illegally. To keep things interesting, de la Cruz throws a cute boy in Jasmine's path, as well as some friend drama. If you loved The Sun Is Also a Star, add this to your reading list, pronto. More info →
I've been thinking of reading this for a year, but a friend talked me into it, saying that every member of her diverse book club loved this—the twenty-somethings and the sixty-somethings. That got my attention. It's the last day of 1984, and 85-year-old Lillian Boxfish takes a walk in late-night Manhattan, on a very specific mission. As she walks, she reflects on the life she's lived, the people she's known, and where things began to go wrong. This reminded me of J. Courtney Sullivan's The Engagements because of the strong women at the center of each. More info →
I'm a re-reader, and thoroughly enjoyed reading this for the third time, finding it every bit as good as I remembered. This Gatsby-esque novel plunges you into the streets of Manhattan, circa 1938. Young secretary Katey Kontent and her roommate Evelyn meet handsome Tinker Gray by chance. The girls vie for his affection—until one impulsive decision changes everything. A beautifully drawn story of wealth and class, luck and fate, love and illusion. More info →
I picked this up after reading—and loving—O'Farrell's newest novel, This Must Be the Place (a 2018 MMD winter Book Club selection!). During a record-setting heatwave, the patriarch of an Irish family clears out his bank account and disappears, leaving his family to puzzle out where he went, and why. Reminiscent of The Dry for its oppressive, atmospheric heat, and Ann Patchett's Commonwealth for its fraught sibling relationships. More info →
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