Doc by Mary Doria Russell – Everyone is talking about this story of Doc Holliday.
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok – Sounds wonderful – Chinese immigrant girl tries to negotiate Brooklyn with her feet in two worlds, daytime, school; nighttime, sweatshop. She must also negotiate language and love.
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton – “a spell-binding tale of mystery and self discovery”
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley – “when a man is presumed poisoned in the cucumber patch of a dilapidated Buckshaw mansion in 1950, Flavia de Luce investigates.” It’s a whodunit.
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer – “Set in 1937 Europe – three Hungarian brothers – a marriage tested by disaster – a Jewish family’s struggle against annihilation and the dangerous power of art in times of war.”
The Lotus Eaters by Tatiana Soli – sweeping Vietnam era novel – story of two photojournalists – one American, one Vietnamese mostly told in flashback.
Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda – a baby girl is born in India – her mother gives her up in favor of a son – she gives her to an American doctor – two families are changed by the child who connects them.
Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay – Life of a Russian ballerina who was a defector – told through her memories.
Anthill by Edward Osborne – a young Southern boy becomes a naturalist through observing 4 ant colonies – he also becomes a conservationist at odds with developers. –“Part thriller, part parable”, “Stunning twists and startling revelations” ,“new insights into survival in rapidly changing world”
Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Sin – family attempts to find mom who went missing from Seoul Station – as they think back through their lives with their mom they realize she may not have been very happy
The Love of My Youth by Mary Gordon –Two lovers met in Rome. They were parted by some betrayal in the 1960’s. They meet again in their late fifties in Rome where they begin daily walks and talks. They experience Rome and each other –“a rich and wise story”
22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson – A Polish family escapes the past by moving to England after WW II. Their secrets come with them and threaten their new peace.
Elizabeth I by Margaret George – Elizabeth I is about the rivalry between two women who both love Robert Dudley. One woman is Elizabeth, the other is Lettice Knollys, Dudley’s wife who is trying to regain power and position for her family.
Once Upon a Time, There was You by Elizabeth Berg – “unforgettable”, about a couple who meet again after a divorce.
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown – 3 estranged sisters return home for ailing mother and find themselves learning to love what they ran away from. This is a family of book lovers, the girls are all named after Shakespeare characters.
Miss New India by Bharati Mukherjee – Slumdog for girls, in a way