Review: Lucky Boy

Lucky Boy
Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was absolutely wonderful. Phenomenal writing – authentic and heartfelt. A very timely interweaving of stories about infertility, motherhood, the immigrant experience, privilege, love & family. I found it very difficult to put down.
-Mrs. P.

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Review: The Garden of Last Days

The Garden of Last Days
The Garden of Last Days by Andre Dubus III
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A cast of deeply flawed (in some cases far less than sympathetic) characters intersect as they play out their own doomed fates and make bad life choices. The book made me uncomfortable, even angry, but I suspect this was Dubus’ intent. Much more than just a book about “where were you on September 10th, 2011?” this is masterful storytelling.
-Mrs. P.

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Review: Heroes of the Frontier

Heroes of the Frontier
Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really wavered on this. I wanted to love it more than I did. Josie, the protagonist, was either intriguing or infuriating by turns. Does Eggers mean her (and by extension her pilgrimage/escape/adventure) to be profound, or is she the fool? Perhaps I’m too old for her self-indulgence. Not my favorite read recently.
-Mrs. P.

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