Literary Fiction

DIGGING TO AMERICA by Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler's been one of my favorite author's since I read Breathing Lessons and Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. Her stories are character-driven and authentic. There is a subtle poignancy in the midst of silent humor in the narrative and in the portrayal of her characters. In Digging to America, however, the humor becomes more evident but it is also balanced out by a melancholy feeling that accompanies it. August 15, 1997 is a significant date for two couples of Baltimore: the all-American Bitsy and Brad Donaldson and the Iranian immigrants Sami and Ziba Yazdan are at the airport waitin...
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FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK by Matthew Quick

Summary from Goodreads: Today is Leonard Peacock's birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P-38 pistol. But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart--obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school's class on the Holocaust. Speaking to each in turn, Leonard slowly reveals his secrets as t...
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Quick Reviews: Goodreads-The Filipino Group Monthly & Challenge Reads

[caption id="attachment_3019" align="aligncenter" width="300"] GPG5010[/caption] I'm trying to clear my review backlog because the OC in me just couldn't move on without writing even just a few lines for all the books I finished reading. So here is another edition of Quick Reviews featuring books I read last year, two of which were Monthly Reads of the book club while the last one was a book club challenge read. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett First Published: 1930 TFG Book of the Month for June 2015 Summary from Goodreads: A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade,...
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THE BOOK OF STRANGE NEW THINGS / Michel Faber

Summary from Goodreads: It begins with Peter, a devoted man of faith, as he is called to the mission of a lifetime, one that takes him galaxies away from his wife, Bea. Peter becomes immersed in the mysteries of an astonishing new environment, overseen by an enigmatic corporation known only as USIC.   His work introduces him to a seemingly friendly native population struggling with a dangerous illness and hungry for Peter’s teachings—his Bible is their “book of strange new things.” But Peter is rattled when Bea’s letters from home become increasingly desperate: typhoons and earthquakes are ...
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HOME | Marilynne Robinson

I read Gilead a few years back and I was instantly captivated by the elegance of the narrative. There is a quiet strength in the beauty and simplicity of Marilynne Robinson's prose. I cannot pinpoint exactly what it is that makes me want to weep each time I read her books. In Home, it was no different. Glory Boughton is back in her childhood home in Gilead where her minister father of advanced years, Rev. Robert Boughton, has been staying in for years. What exactly brought Glory back to Gilead is gradually revealed in the story and a few weeks afterwards, her errant brother, Jack, surpr...
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