The Quiet Streets of Winslow is a starkly beautiful work of literary fiction masquerading as a murder mystery. The calm, lyric tone of Judy Troy’s prose takes her reader away to the sparse, open spaces of northern Arizona and into the hearts of her characters.
Although Matthew Quick explores various aspects of mental illness, the story is never morose. The reader will find himself uplifted by the courage and determination of Bartholomew and his friends. Highly recommended. The Good Luck of Right Now.
Do your favorite stories include a rotting corpse? Does part of you wish you had become a mortician, funeral director, or embalmer? Have you spent hours thinking about bodies decomposing in the ground, or smoldering in the fire of cremation? Yes? Then Smoke Gets in Your Eyes is required reading.
“In the small college town of Bascom, North Carolina, the Waverley women are known for their peculiarities. Get your hair done by Sydney Waverley and you’re guaranteed a smooth morning commute, a promotion at work, and dinner cooked by your husband when you get home. “
The Stories is an excellent introduction to the illustrious talent that is award-winning author Jane Gardam.
Mandel deftly weaves these complex threads into a chilling tale that is by turns darkly comic, horrifically bleak, and achingly brilliant. A beautifully crafted post-apocalyptic survival story for grownups.
“Hannah Pittard deftly describes the emotional turmoil and communication struggles between family members forced to interact. “
“Between its lyrical prose and fantastical plot, this magical realist tale is absolutely entrancing. And the overriding theme of the story—“Love makes us such fools”—hits just the right note, both melancholy and hopeful.”
This book was difficult to read at times, if only because the characters were each dealing with issues that made me both anxious and hopeful they could be resolved. It’s extremely well-written and a moving narrative about a modern family.
Astonish Me (by Maggie Shipstead) is a beautifully written book that gives readers a glimpse into the complicated political and professional nuances of the professional ballet world.