Archive for the ‘Fiction’ Category

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: Invisible by Paul Auster

August 16, 2017

(4/5 stars – really liked it) Invisible has four parts. It begins being told in first person with “Spring.” This is where we get to know the main character, Adam, from his own account, in a very personal way. He’s at Columbia University (very knowable area for many of just-outside-of New-York-New-Yorkers) and experiencing life from a young student’s point of view-world is at his fingertips and he is just coming alive to his future possibilities. Something awful happens during this time with a loInvisibleNovelve triangle and a Columbia Professor that he is caught in a terrible situation that he had no control over, and didn’t see coming. This event will affect the rest of his life.

Then comes the next part, “Summer.” Here the story is told in second person, by Adam’s successful writer friend Jim, who has received writings from Adam. Here you learn about the love between Adam and his sister. This is an interesting part and almost feels like an entirely different book has begun.

And then in “Fall” the story is told in third person, after Adam’s death, put together with various bits and pieces of others accounts of Adam’s life, from their views and interviews. The constant thread of Adam’s life pulls you into forward through the book trying to find out what the TRUTH is of what really happened, and who Adam really is/was. I was a little disappointed that the ending left me still wanting answers, but I thoroughly enjoyed the journey of storytellers in all their glorious perspectives. I feel “Invisible” refers maybe to the writer not being a constant, not a tangible, solid, character but rather a conglomerate of what others know of him and what they did to him hence making his story more of a vaporous cloud that forms and reshapes depending on who is doing the speaking. Is one a person in his own right or is one how others perceive him? – Trine G., Adult Summer Reading Participant

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis

August 14, 2017

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(5/5 stars – loved it!) One of the strangest books I have read and I loved it. It is the story of 15 dogs who gain human intelligence while still, very much, keeping their canine nature. I found this book shocking, often very sad, occasionally funny, but throughout compelling. It is not just about dogs – Catherine A., Adult Summer Reading Participant

Beach House for Rent

August 12, 2017

11 bookI was looking for something light to read and this is perfect. The author, Mary Alice Monroe actually lives in or near the setting of the book, which happens to be the Isle of Palms in South Carolina. (I myself had visited the beautiful island last year during a trip to nearby Charleston. The island is home to a very good harbor/restaurant that offered delicious fresh seafood.) But back to the book… Monroe spins a lovely story of an owner who is looking to rent her Isle of Palms beach house after making repairs. Cara has lost her mother, and misses her greatly. She feels the last remaining piece of her mom in this beach house, so when Cara’s brother, a realtor, comes to persuade her to sell the house/property for a cool million, she is not interested, but agree to think on it. But after receiving an offer by a tenant looking to rent for the entire summer, Cara jumps on the offer, and the house is rented. I am only partly through the story, but am enjoying it and recommend it highly as a great beach read. Monroe is a NY Times best -selling author, and her novel The Beach House will be made into a Hallmark channel movie, premiering next year.

City of Friends

June 13, 2017

a bookIn this latest novel by Joanna Trollope, four female friends in London find that their lives intersect much more closely than just their mutual friendships. When Stacey loses her job by asking for more flexible hours, she doesn’t know that Melissa has recommended her husband Steve for a promotion at his company. Likewise, when Melissa recommends Stacey for a job with Gaby, neither of them are aware that the girlfriend of Beth, the fourth friend, works for Gaby and that there is no room on the team for Stacey. Sound confusing? Trollope weaves these threads effortlessly throughout the novel, and I found this to be quite an enjoyable read. Great for fans of fiction that enjoy reading about the lives of women and their relationships.

The Keeper of Lost Things

May 16, 2017

book.jpgA first novel by Ruth Hogan, the setting is an old Victorian mansion outside of London. When its owner, Anthony Peardew passes away, it is inherited by his personal assistant and housekeeper, Laura, with one condition. He asks that she try to return some of the lost items that he has collected over the years, so as to make just one person happy or mend just one broken heart by the item’s return. So she sets out to try; with the help of the gardener, Freddy, a new friend, Sunshine, and Laura’s previous flatmate, who give advice and help her set up a website where she can list the lost items. The novel jumps between present day, and 40 years in the past, with the story of the previous owner of the house. The main themes of love and loss keep the reader hooked, and I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, even though it was slow moving at first. A great read for English fiction fans.


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