Patrick Gale's Notes from an Exhibition....a really powerful story about families, art, and mental illness
Ian McEwan's Solar is worth reading for the middle section alone, the part were he describes the South East of England from the air.
Ursula Hegi's, Stones From the River, is all time favorite of mine. It chronicles the life of a young girl before, during, and after WWII in a small German Village.
John Irving's, A Prayer for Owen Meany. It tells the story of two young boys growing up together in a New England town.
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant tells the story of the biblical character Dinah, Jacob's daughter and Joseph's sister. In the Bible, Dinah's story is only briefly mentioned. The story says that Dinah was raped by an Egyptian prince. Simon and Levi, two of her brothers, avenge Dinah by killing all the men in the city. After that, Dinah is never mentioned again. Diamant wanted to give a voice to the character of Dinah as well as her mothers.
It is a stunning read!
I've been enjoying the second of the Flavia de Luce books, aka the heroine of Alan Bradley's Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and the one I'm reading, The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag. She's 11 and a chemist who sometimes fantasizes about poisoning her sisters, but instead gets involved in solving mysterious murders and such in her small English town. Very fun!
I liked "Sarah's Key: A Novel" by Tatiana de Rosnay. My book club thought it was one of the better books we have read in the past little while. It is a story of the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup in France during WWII, and links one little girl's story with a reporter's investigation for the 60th anniversary of the event. I hadn't really been aware of this event, and it is a fascinating read and well woven together.
I second Pam's comments on Sarah's Key. It's a well written, thought provoking, novel.
For anyone who is a dog lover, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a great story. Even if you aren't, you will likely appreciate the story of Enzo and his master, Denny, from Enzo's perspective. This intellectual pup just wants a tongue that allows him to speak and thumbs, so that he can open doors and race cars! It follows Enzo's adventure beside Denny, and is quite a touching, quick read.
And just because I was at my family's summer cabin.... I picked up several books from the The Adventures of Tintin. What a great way to pass a rainy afternoon!
Two New Authors I found in the spring
Sara Gruen : Water for Elephants and The Ape House - both really goodHillary Jordan: When She woke (stayed up too late reading this) and I am just about to start: Mudbound
Corban Addison's, A Walk Across the Sun. A powerful story about human trafficking. A tsunami sweeps through a coastal village in India and two young sisters try and make their way to a convent school. They are abducted along the way and foced into a hellish existence. A very gripping story.