Fiction Reviews

Americanah

Adichie's novel has incredible power. It will expand your understanding of race, America, immigration, and what it means to call a place home, while at the same time leaving you hungry for coconut rice and fried plantains. Ifemelu and Obinze grow up in Nigeria but end up moving to different countries that challenge their identities as individuals and as partners.

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ISBN: 9780307271082
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 14th, 2013

One of The New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of the Year

LONGLISTED 2015 - International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award


Where'd You Go Bernadette

Another Staff summer read.  The center of this book is the character Bernadette. We see a fascinating, fun, brilliant, eccentric woman and all of the people in her world she impacts. Her endearing daughter Bee compiles all of the documents that contribute to her mother’s life and uses them as clues to help her (and the reader) understand the mystery behind Bernadette.

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ISBN: 9780316204262
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 2nd, 2013

*Soon to be a major motion picture starring Cate Blanchett*
A whip-smart, hysterical dramedy about a family in crisis after the disappearance of its brilliant, misanthropic matriarch.


Death Comes for the Archbishop

DEATH COMES FOR THE ARCHBISHOP by Willa Cather Set in New Mexico of the mid-1800s, Cather tells the story of two French Jesuit priests who come out to care for the Indians and Spanish residents of sparsely populated New Mexico territory. Anyone who loves that Southwest desert, the Land of Enchantment, will appreciate Cather’s lyrical descriptions of the vast stretches of untouched land filled with light and austere beauty. And Cather vividly paints of the lives of the brave and hardy people who lived there, too.

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ISBN: 9780679728894
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Published: Vintage - June 16th, 1990

Willa Cather's best known novel is an epic--almost mythic--story of a single human life lived simply in the silence of the southwestern desert. In 1851 Father Jean Marie Latour comes to serve as the Apostolic Vicar to New Mexico. What he finds is a vast territory of red hills and tortuous arroyos, American by law but Mexican and Indian in custom and belief.


Shadows on the Rock

SHADOWS ON THE ROCK by Willa Cather. Willa Cather’s lyrical novel set in the French settlement of Quebec in the late 17th century is different in tone and detail from her classic story of the arid and isolated frontier life in Nebraska, MY ANTONIA.

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ISBN: 9780679764045
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Published: Vintage - September 26th, 1995

Willa Cather's novel of seventeenth-century Quebec is a luminous evocation of North American origins, and of the men and women who struggled to adapt to a new world even as they clung to the artifacts and manners of one they left behind.


THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS by M.L. Stedman

This is Stedman’s first book, and it is a beauty. Set near Australia, it tells the tale of a Lighthouse Keeper, his family and small town living. Dealing with isolation, courage and truth, it is a true page turner. I highly recommend this thoughtful and intriguing book. Raven customer, Martha
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Published: Scribner - April 2nd, 2013

The years-long New York Times bestseller and major motion picture from Spielberg’s Dreamworks is “irresistible…seductive…with a high concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page” (O, The Oprah Magazine).

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus


TWELVE TRIBES OF HATTIE by Ayana Mathis

This is receiving a lot of press as it is a Oprah selection. I agree that it is a remarkable first novel. It is dark, tracing the sad lives of the children of the protagonist. Insight into racism and blighted, unfulfilled, and often wasted lives fills the pages. The writing is poetic at times. Recommended by Raven customer, Martha.
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ISBN: 9780385350280
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf - December 6th, 2012

The newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection.
 
The arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction. 
 
A debut of extraordinary distinction: Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration through the trials of one unforgettable family.


THE SUMMER OF THE BEAR by Bella Pollen

This is a wondrous book with delicious writing. I could not wait to get back to it each day. The author enters the heart of a family facing tragedy and dissects the reactions of each of its members. Set in the Scottish Herbrides, the characters are so real and yet there is a fairy tale quality about it in the internal life of a "different" son who has a wild imagination. Recommended by Raven customer, Martha.
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Published: Grove Press - June 12th, 2012

Best-selling author Bella Pollen's imaginative new novel received stellar reviews in hardcover and was chosen as a Richard & Judy Book Club title.


HAPPY ALL THE TIME by Laurie Colwin

Happy though not sappy. What a pleasure to read about intelligent people who are slow to make decisions, but eventually make good ones in life, love, and career. A hardened 20th century reader, I kept bracing for the unpleasant turn. It never came. I never tired of the story or the characters. The book is genius.
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Published: Vintage - March 23rd, 2010

"A luminous telling of two modern romances, a book that lingers sweetly and hilariously in the memory." --Dallas Morning News


FLIGHT BEHAVIOR by Barbara Kingsolver

The latest from Kingsolver does not disappoint. Her characters are believable and the story line important. Global warming, in its many manifestations, is demonstrated as we travel with the Monarch butterflies in a fictional scenario but quite possible in this century. Have we already reached the tipping point? Why is this not a priority with all governments in the world? Kingsolver continues to be a premier writer and one with a conscience. Recommended by Raven customer, Martha.
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 4th, 2013

"Kingsolver is a gifted magician of words."
Time


THE TIGER’S WIFE by Tea Obreht

Yes, this s a novel about a woman doctor in war-torn Yugoslavia, but don’t let the description deter you. Not in a long time have I read such a lyrical novel. You’ll find yourself repeatedly believing the impossible can and must happen. In the midst of death, life goes on. Recommended by Kelly.
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ISBN: 9780385343848
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Published: Random House Trade - November 1st, 2011

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST - NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Wall Street Journal - O: The Oprah Magazine - The Economist - Vogue - Slate - Chicago Tribune - The Seattle Times - Dayton Daily News - Publishers Weekly - Alan Cheuse, NPR's All Things Considered


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