Dominicana

Cori’s Pick: Dominicana by Angie Cruz Dominicana is the third novel by Angie Cruz and was shortlisted for the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction.  By the end, you’ll easily see how this beautiful but heartbreaking work has earned the prestigious award. Set in 1960s Dominican Republic, Ana Canción’s fierce mother has a plan to get…

The Gifted School

Cori’s Pick: The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger Wow.  What a timely read!  This book was published in July of 2019 – which coincidentally was just a few months after the massive college admission cheating scandal of a couple of famous actresses (Ms Huffman, Ms Loughlin – we’re talkin’ about you). This is a juicy,…

Blindness

Kathryn’s Pick: Blindness by José Saramago “If I’m sincere today, what does it matter if I regret it tomorrow?” – José Saramago, Blindness   On a day just like any other an unexplained plague of “white blindness” sweeps across the country and leaves a scrambling government struggling to contain the outbreak. A large portion of the population…

Castle of Water

Cori’s Pick: Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge Castle of Water is Dane Huckelbridge’s debut novel.  Originally published in April 2017, somehow this unassuming little book didn’t cross my radar until August, and I was immediately intrigued. If I had to categorize this book, it would be adventure meets drama, meets romance, meets comedy…perhaps this…

Be Frank with Me

Cori’s Pick: Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson The debut novel of Julia Claiborne Johnson, her well-developed and quirky characters left me hungry to read anything and everything else she (hopefully) releases.  This is the story of an eccentric woman and her son, and how a newly acquired assistant-turned-nanny gets wrapped into their…

Father’s Day

Sara’s Pick: Father’s Day by Simon Van Booy Orphaned when her parents are killed in a car accident, six-year-old Harvey discovers her lone relative is an uncle, a recovering alcoholic and disabled felon. With the aid of Wanda, an unconventional social worker, Jason is convinced to take in Harvey and the novel then moves back and…