West by Carys Davies – New Title Tuesday

Carys Davies' debut novel West is as gripping as it is spare.  This spartan prose symbolizes and reflects the possessions and lives of the characters the author explores.  Cy Bellman, a grieving widower, strikes out with meager possessions and too little knowledge about his destination to locate the bones of an extinct giant creature.  He leaves … Continue reading West by Carys Davies – New Title Tuesday

Paris in the Present Tense by Mark Helprin – New Title Tuesday

The renowned City of Light is as much of a character in Mark Helprin's Paris in the Present Tense as the protagonist, Jules Lacour.  Likewise, Helprin explores how the past rarely remains pinned in the past. Publisher’s Summary: Mark Helprin’s powerful, rapturous new novel is set in a present-day Paris caught between violent unrest and its well-known, … Continue reading Paris in the Present Tense by Mark Helprin – New Title Tuesday

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy -New Title Tuesday

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy is this week's New Title Tuesday selection because of its gripping and timely subject matter.  I read the entire book in one sitting because I had to know what happened to the children.  Publisher's Summary: When Liv and Nora decide to take their husbands and children on a holiday … Continue reading Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy -New Title Tuesday

Five Star Friday: My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

The Five Star Friday recommendation this week is My name is Lucy Barton  by Elizabeth Strout.  This had been on my 'to be read' list for nearly a year; and knowing it is the seed to her new best-selling novel Anything is Possible, I knew it was time.    Publisher Summary: Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what … Continue reading Five Star Friday: My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout