Tag Archives: Death

The Secret Wisdom Of The Earth by Christopher Scotton

Set in the mountains of West Virginia circa 1985, The Secret Wisdom of the Earth is an emotionally charged coming of age novel.  14 year old Kevin and his mother go to live with his grandfather after a gruesome accident killed … Continue reading

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The Mathematician’s Shiva by Stuart Rojstaczer

Alexander “Sasha” Karnokovitch is mourning the death of his mother,  Rachela.  No ordinary mother, Rachela is a genius, a world famous mathematician, in fact, who survived the holocaust by emigrated to the United States with her family from Poland.  A … Continue reading

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Cloudstreet by Tim Winton

Cloudstreet is Tim Winton’s saga of two working-class Australian families who come to share a large house together in an attempt to recover after disaster strikes both families. I loved the charm of the Pickle and Lamb families and Winton’s … Continue reading

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The Master Butcher’s Singing Club by Louise Erdrich

Years ago I read Louise Erdrich’s award winning novel, Love Medicine, and although I appreciated her literary talents, her depiction of Native American life in my home state, North Dakota, was depressing.  For that reason I have been reluctant to … Continue reading

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The Great Hurricane: 1938 by Cherie Burns

When I needed a book set in Rhode Island for my 52 Books Around the USA Challenge, I was stumped.  Certain states are really, really difficult to find.  I had recently read a book about a natural disaster, So Terrible … Continue reading

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One Summer by David Baldacci

Baldacci has written an emotionally charged novel about the tragedy that befalls the Armstrong family and a miracle that turns their lives upside down. I found the One Summer sappy, but I still enjoyed it. To my eyes it seemed written … Continue reading

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Forgotten Country by Catherine Chung

Set in Michigan and South Korea, Forgotten Country is the story of a daughter who begins to understand that family ties are more than mere obligation.  Janie left Korea as a young girl with her parents and baby sister, when … Continue reading

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