Little Fires Everywhere

A novel by Celeste Ng, published by Penguin Press in 2017. “Sometimes you need to scorch everything to the ground and start over. After the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow. People are like that, too. They start over. They find a way.” I was so intrigued by Little Fires Everywhere…… Continue reading Little Fires Everywhere

English Animals

By Laura Kaye, published January 2017 by Little Brown I follow a handful of book critics in the UK and heard them raving about this book’s “charm” and ease of prose.  I was intrigued because it is about a young Slovakian woman who relocates to the English countryside to work for an English couple who…… Continue reading English Animals

The Smell of Other People’s Houses

By Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock; published by Wendy Lamb Books, 2016 Do you remember that moment when you realized your family was different from all others? I came across this title when my local library announced it as its 2018 Community Read.  There were plenty of copies available, so I thought, “Why not?”  Young Adult books are…… Continue reading The Smell of Other People’s Houses

Daughters of the Air

A novel, by Anca L. Szilagyi. Expected release date: December 5th, 2017 by Lanternfish Press*. This story took me completely by surprise.   Publicly released descriptions do not prepare you for the grit and ache and struggle and longing that will fold over you as you read the words on the page.  I love characters that…… Continue reading Daughters of the Air

My Name is Lucy Barton

Published January 2016 by Random House.  Literary awards include Man Booker Prize Nominee for Longlist, Women’s Prize for Fiction Nominee for Longlist, and Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fiction, all awarded in 2016. For the second time, Elizabeth Strout has taken my breath away.  Her prose and stories have this way of nudging right into…… Continue reading My Name is Lucy Barton