Ruta Sepetys’s Between Shades of Gray is a beautiful, emotionally draining book about the genocide of the Baltic people by the Soviet Union during World War II. I had never before read any books addressing this horrific aspect of the war; in fact, I’m not sure I even knew that this genocide had taken place. After being … More Review: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Seeing as I recently moved to Wisconsin, Amy Timberlake’s One Came Home, set in the fictional Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871, appealed to me. It follows Georgie Burkhardt, a tough, thirteen-year-old girl whose older sister, Agatha, has just turned up dead after running away a few days prior. Or has she?
I read this book out loud to my girlfriend over the course of several months. The slow reading pace was nice, because the plot moves along at an easy pace. The novel is character-driven and hauntingly atmospheric; creepy, but not scary; heavy, but not depressing. In The Little Stranger, the upper class is in decline in post-WWII Britain. … More Review: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
I borrowed Sarah Waters’s newest novel The Paying Guests from a coworker of mine who said she hadn’t been able to put it down, and even though I got interrupted while reading it—I spent a month in Asia and couldn’t bring the big hardcover along—I, too, didn’t want to stop reading. Sarah Waters is an amazing writer. I always … More Review: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters