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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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