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The Little Stranger

I read The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters last year and loved it. It was a slow, character-focused tale with a touch of mystery and a good bit of slow-burning romance. The average rating on Goodreads has The Paying Guests at a 3.4 out of 5 stars, which surprised me. Still, I can definitely see…

Manhattan Beach

On my recent trip to New York City, I went on a bookstore spree. One of my favorites, and the one with the most personal feel, was Astoria Bookshop. It was there that I picked up a signed copy of Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. I didn’t go there for this specific book. I had…

The Paying Guests

World War I is over, but Europe is disillusioned. Frances Wright’s family was once wealthy, but her father died and left Frances and her mother with his debts to settle. This has left Mrs and Miss Wright with no choice but to rent out part of their family home for extra income. It is an…

The Church of Marvels

It is 1895 in New York City. A baby is found in a public toilet by a night worker. Odile’s twin sister has ran away from the family’s circus. Alphie’s lost and hoping her husband will save her from captivity. Their lives are all somehow connected. I struggled a bit with this one, but I…

Euphoria

After a few lackluster reads and putting down two books in a row, I really needed something good. I settled on Euphoria despite it not being something I would usually be interested in. Nell Stone and her husband Fen are anthropologists studying tribes in New Guinea. After they come back to civilization battered and failing…

The Namesake

Newly married Ashima and Ashoke Ganguli leave India to become Americans. Less than two years later, the birth of their first child brings even more changes to their lives. The Namesake follows Ashoke, his wife Ashima, their son Gongol/Nikhil, and their daughter Sonali as they figure out how to fit into American life without leaving…

Brothers

China’s history is sad. I am sure the same could be said of many other regions’ histories, but still…┬áBrothers is an epic tale of (you guessed it) two brothers. Baldy Li and Song Gang are half-brothers that are united through hardship. Baldy Li (his nickname because he always has his head shaved) is the mischievous…

Perfume River

Robert Olen Butler is an author that I have never read from before despite him having sixteen novels under his belt. Perfume River is a book about the past. Robert and Darla are a comfortable married couple. They met when Robert returned from the Vietnam War, but today their marriage has lost much of the…

The Wonder

A little girl in a small, 19th century Irish village has become a sensation. People travel for miles around to see the Wonder- a girl who does not need to eat to live. To verify the accuracy of this spectacle a council has hired a nun and a nurse named Lib to watch the girl,…