David Ebershoff, “Nineteenth Wife”
This novel is about two wives in polygamy: the true historical character Ann Elisa Young, who was much younger than her husband, Brigham, founder of Salt Lake City; and Biklin, a fictional contemporary woman accused of shooting her dead husband. Ebershoff’s book aims to give a history and critique of polygamy, highlighting the dynamics it creates and how this practice developed.
Donna Tart, “Secret History”
In the audacious first appearance in Tarte, a handful of students in Hampden – an isolated liberal poetic art college in Vermont – form strong bonds with one another and with a classical professor, “who nurtures their sense of moral elevation and isolationism from traditional university life that ultimately proves fatal.” Our reviewer said. Writing throughout “secret history” is both fertile and accurate, and it preserves the most surprising aspects of the plot of choice. Mrs. Tart is particularly adept at showing how “frenzied atmosphere” leads to melodramatic hypertrophy in feelings that in turn perform To violence. “
Katherine Patterson, “Bridge to Terabithia”
You may have read this grade in fifth grade, but the Newbery Medal award winner always deserves a review (and no, we’re not talking about the movie). Two friends conjure up charming land in the woods behind their homes. It is a place to escape from the real world – until the day when no one returns home. Patterson wrote: “I deceived him. I made him give up his old self and went to her world, then before he was really home but it was too late to return, I left him stuck there – like an astronaut wandering on the moon. Alone.”
David Guterson, “Snow falls on rice”
On an island in Puget Sound in 1954, a fisherman’s body is pulled from the sea, trapped in his private net. A Japanese-American man was accused of killing him, and the ensuing trial leads to the editor of Al-Madina newspaper to contemplate his pent-up love for the accused man’s wife. The novel, which became a bestseller and converted into a feature film in 1999, explores the sometimes dividing line between unlimited love and resentment, and how deep-rooted hostility and fear can erode society.
Jane Ann Phillips, “Skylark and Termites”
Philips IV’s book appeared in the 1950s in Korea and West Virginia, where a teenage girl named Lark cares for her half-brother, termites, who cannot walk or talk after their mother gives up on them and their father dies while serving in Korea. The novel revolves around alternating perspectives, and explores the fierce love that can grow among siblings, as Lark fears that social services may take her brother away.
Michiko Kakutani wrote in a review of “that repeated images and customary ideas link these people’s stories to each other, giving the novel an annoying musical quality, even if they suggest magical subconscious bonds shared by people associated with blood, love, or memory.” times.
Chad Harbach, “The Art of Fielding”
And if Gregory Cowles writes: “If a baseball novel seems to extend to truth, beauty and the entire human condition in its glove, then” The Art of Fields “is not a baseball novel at all, or not only.” On these pages in 2011. “It’s also a campus and romantic novel (and for this reason, a complete gay love story), a comedy of literature and a tragic comedy of mistakes – the type of baseball as well as the other type.”