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Old 05-02-2016, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles>Little Rock>Houston>Little Rock
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Cuba Straits by Randy Wayne White. I'm having trouble making sense of it so far.
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Old 05-03-2016, 07:56 AM
 
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I started The Dinner by Herman Koch last night. So far so good.
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Old 05-03-2016, 07:57 AM
 
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Marlow his book "out to wonderland is so much better than the one you started to read .
Thanks. I'll keep an eye out for it.
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Old 05-03-2016, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I've finished Shelter by Jung Yen. A terrible crime forces a Korean American family to confront difficult past events. It's a somber book with an unexpected twist at the end. It reminded me of Everything I Never Told You.Another debut novel I really liked. A young writer to watch in the future.

I liked the 641 to Paris and was satisfied with the ending.
I'm glad that you enjoyed The 6:41 to Paris.

Thank you for mentioning Shelter. I got it. I started it last night, actually. It seems like a solid piece of writing.
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Old 05-03-2016, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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the Children's Blizzard by David Laskin


not sure how far I'll get with it. True story but a sad time for all.
https://www.gilderlehrman.org/histor...-1888-ca-1930s
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Old 05-03-2016, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Finished Lucy Barton and I really enjoyed it.
I did, too.
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Old 05-03-2016, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Texas
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the Children's Blizzard by David Laskin


not sure how far I'll get with it. True story but a sad time for all.
https://www.gilderlehrman.org/histor...-1888-ca-1930s

I hope you are able to finish it, PAhippo. I found it fascinating and terribly sad. I knew what to expect and it still caught me off guard. I think it is an excellent nonfiction book.
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Old 05-04-2016, 07:22 AM
 
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I just finished My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh. In a small Louisiana town in the 90s, a 14 year old girl is raped. The unreliable narrator of the story was the girl's neighbor and is telling the story as an adult reflecting on the event and the aftermath. As a boy, the narrator was obsessed with the girl, Lindy - perhaps it was on the spectrum of normal adolescence crush/lust, but it is a good bit creepy. This novel is very well written and the hot, humid, lazy Southern summer days in this quiet neighborhood where kids spent countless unsupervised hours is so well-described that it seems like another character.


The boy's family is distracted by sadness of divorce and death and as I was reading I kept thinking about how teenagers need loving, engaged adults to help them make sense of the world as they pass through adolescence. Some reviewers have found this self-absorbed, distorted adolescent thinking unrealistic, but I didn't at all.


The sexual assault is described rather vaguely, but there is a good bit of crude, sexually focused language from some of the male teens. There is also mention of child abuse and animal abuse.


All in all, subject matter aside, a pretty amazing debut for an author. I am always intrigued by debut novels as I feel like it is the one story that has been percolating for so long and takes so much grit and courage to produce.
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Old 05-04-2016, 08:10 AM
 
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I finished Staggerford, finally. It isn't often that a story takes such an unexpected turn. I suppose it's ending and the surprise turn of plot somewhat redeemed the book. I could actually read more of the Staggerford series but won't because of the poor editing.

I am waiting for The Lane at the End of the Ocean to become available in e-book from the library. I started Unintended Consequences in the interim.
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Old 05-04-2016, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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My library has My Sunshine Away so put it on hold. I recommended Staggerford to my library and have already downloaded.
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