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Chris has been a partner at the store for twenty years. She has a BA in History from Albion College and a BS in Education from Kent State. A mother of five grown sons, she used to hide in the laundry room to get time to read!
Ms. Egan may be the best American novelist of our day. As a Pulitzer Prize winner her use of language, creation of fascinating characters, and captivating plot compel the reader to turn each page, but not before savoring every word. This historical novel set in the depression through the Second World War, weaves the story of a young girl supporting her disabled sister and her mother after the disappearance of their father. Young Anna works in the Brooklyn Naval Yard and becomes the first female diver repairing the ships for the US Navy. Her relationship with gangster Dexter Styles brings to light the complexity of her father’s life and the reasons why he might of disappeared. I loved every page!
Trying to be a better father, Samuel Hawley, a man who carries more guns than Quentin Tarantino, takes his teenage daughter, Loo, back to Olympus, Massachusetts, his deceased wife’s hometown. Few in this village want them around, and the story winds back and forth between their past and the present. This thriller takes you on a road trip of grand proportions, but somehow you end up loving this unlikely team. Tinti is an extremely gifted writer who “exposes her characters’ hearts with a precision and a fearlessness that that will leave you shaken”. (Junot Diaz) I couldn’t put this book down!
As a former twenty-year resident of Cleveland Heights, I was immediately drawn to this book about Shaker Heights. You have to understand that the two towns are similar to Mariemont and Milford. The Van Sweringen’s (like the Emery’s) designed the city of Shaker Heights and they were my neighbors on Coleridge Road. They were delightful people who lost much of their fortune after the seventies. The city was well designed, with winding roads, parks, schools, and the Shaker Rapid for transporting people to work in downtown Cleveland. The novel mimics the spirit of the town in creating a utopia for people to lead successful lives in a perfect environment. The Richardson family embodies this spirit by always playing by the rules, or do they? Enter Mia Warren, a single mother and photographer, with a mysterious past and a teenage daughter, Pearl. Soon the families are intertwined and battle lines are drawn. Elena Richardson puts her family on a path of destruction, along with the lives of Mia and Pearl. Once again the author has created a story where the reader has to decide what really happens in the end. This book releases September 12th! I give it five stars
Having never read a book about hockey, I was challenging myself to get outside of my comfort zone in choosing a subject that made me feel a little uneasy. (What woman hasn’t heard those horrible stories about hockey players?) This story about a town that has been slowly deteriorating due to unemployment, is about the presumed win of the city's promising junior-level hockey team and the salvation of everyone. The hopes of a whole city are riding on a team of teenage boys, until a fateful night changes everything. The author is masterful at putting the reader inside the souls of his characters. A bit darker than some of his other novels, you don’t have to be a hockey fan to fall in love with some of his protagonists.