Friday, February 3, 2012

Favorite Reads Early 2011

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown Putnam/Amy Einhorn, 2011
An exceptional women’s fiction follows the personal journey of siblings. The alternating stories kept the female angst at a pleasant level. Unfortunately, the Shakespeare snippets were beyond me—but didn’t detract from the enjoyment of the book.

The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen Bantam, 2011
Mystery with a fantasy element--deep enough to keep me totally engaged for a completely pleasant reading experience. Nice out-of-the-ordinary romances and a family mystery to be solved. What a treat!

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett Harper, 2011
Women's fiction with sci/fi element. Well-crafted, fresh plot and atmosphere. Characters believable and well drawn. Thoughtful themes really deepened the narrative.

Room by Emma Donahue Little, Brown and Company, 2010
Despite my reservations about this author, this really was masterful. I couldn’t imagine getting through a novel with a 5 year-old narrator, but it speaks to the skill of the author. The tension of the mother and child's situation was almost unbearable at times, but remained manageable and due to the juvenile narrator spared the reader some of the raw elements.The themes of mother-child relationship and complexity vs. simplicity of our culture were nearly flawlessly carried out. Book club loved it too!

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