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Here are 3 short reviews of books I’ve enjoyed lately.
There are a lot of mean reviews for this book but this is Mangan’s first novel and I think she did a great job! I love the pace of the novel, you will be immediately sucked in to the story of two friends, Alice and Lucy, who roomed together in college. Set in the 50’s, Lucy arrives on Alice’s doorstep in Morocco-but it’s soon obvious she wasn’t invited. Shifting between Lucy and Alice, the reader gathers clues from each perspective about what really happened back in college and why Alice moved away. It’s a fun read.
Super creepy story about seven year old Hanna who is acting out, forcing her mother to homeschool. Hanna does not speak, though she can communicate, read, and write. Her mother begins to suspect Hanna is diabolical but she has no idea the extent to which Hanna will go. This is a thrilling fast read, kind of insubstantial, but highly entertaining. I found the perspective on parenting and identity interesting. These parents are not willing to put their daughter first, and you can’t blame them, but at the same time….
Superbly written. Set in a world where abortion is again illegal, the story follows several characters including a student, mother, and teacher. Most interesting is the character of Gin, an herbalist living alone in the woods who is often consulted for healing. The lives of all the characters intersect when Gin is falsely accused of a crime. The themes are pretty straightforward but it isn’t forced upon the reader. In fact it all seems so ordinary, which makes the book that more effective.
Currently I am reading: The Discreet Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa and The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood