Twentysomethings Cal and Frida have been living alone in the forest following the collapse of American society. After leaving their home in Los Angeles, they spend their days tending to their vegetables and foraging for food with only each other for company. When Frida discovers that she's pregnant, she and Cal realize that they must travel to the Spikes, a local collective that might let them join and help ensure that their baby is born safely. Instead they find that it provides them with more questions than answers and a level of uneasiness and distrust. Have Cal and Frida made the right decision leaving the home they made for themselves?
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
Skye Elliot is just out of rehab, determined to reunite with her four-year-old daughter, Gracie. Skye's father, Owen, picks her up after she's completed her treatment and, even though she's thrilled to see him, he hasn't been in her life for over ten years. Owen is also starting a new life--recently released from prison and hoping to be a good father to Skye. He also still holds very dear the memory of his relationship with Margaret (the subject of Mapson's Blue Rodeo) in Blue Dog, New Mexico. Margaret, meanwhile, is living in Santa Fe, painting and learning to cope with a recent diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. In Owen's Daughter, Mapson lets us in on the lives and innermost thoughts and feelings of Skye, Owen, and Margaret, as well as the family and friends that surround them. With the southwest setting and Mapson's wonderful characterizations, Owen's Daughter is a pure pleasure to read.
In this short novel, Kurt Wallander is debating whether to move to the country from his home in Ystad. When he goes to look at a home that he really likes, he finds a skeletal hand in the garden, which, of course, sours him on the property. Wallander then finds himself leading the investigation into who was possibly buried in the garden years ago. An Event in Autumn takes place in between Before the Frost and The Troubled Man. I thoroughly enjoyed another adventure with Wallander and hold out hope that maybe Mankell will someday continue the series with Wallander's daughter, Linda, as the main character. It will be published next month.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
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Sunday, July 6, 2014
Monday, June 30, 2014
When Lydia, a teenager, disappears and is found drowned in a lake, her family wonders about the circumstances of her death. It's 1977 in Ohio and her parents have suffered prejudice since they married. Mom Marilyn--blond and Caucasian--gave up her dreams of being a doctor when she married Chinese-American James Lee. James was denied his aspirations of being an American history professor at Harvard because of his race. Lydia was the favored middle child, the one that both Marilyn and James pinned their success on. Marilyn wanted Lydia to become a doctor, while James wanted her to be popular and have all the friends that he never had. Eldest son Nath and younger daughter, Hannah, are left with their own complicated emotions as their sister's passing causes their parents to confront the choices that they've made in their lives. Everything I Never Told You is a beautifully written debut novel that explores the issues of prejudice, individuality and family ties. It would be a great novel for a book discussion.