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by Janet Fitch.
ORIGINAL, POWERFUL, ELOQUENT
Vivid language and unique -- if not always likable -- characters are two of this novel's many triumphs. The book's Ingrid isn't just another bad parent anymore than Caligula was just another politician. Her maniacal narcissism leads to an imaginative murder, sending her to jail. And her daughter, the story's vulnerable heroine, is hurled into a gauntlet of foster homes which are part circus, part hell.
by Bernhard Schlink.
A TOUCHING, DISTURBING, SEXY QUICK READ
Young love is a many-splendored thing IF the one you adore isn't unmasked as a war criminal with a past that shocks the world. This sensual book begins with an affair between a 15-year-old boy and a 36-year-old woman. But it goes beyond sex and into the intimate territory of dangerous secrets. It will challenge your sense of right and wrong and make you ask yourself what choice would you make, if made to choose between your own life and a stranger's.
by Bret Lott.
MOVING, MEMORABLE, RADIANT
When a child is born with Down's Syndrome is 1943, her mother Jewel has no place to turn but inside herself. She's determined to stand by daughter even though it seems the earth has been pulled up from underneath her. In this book where responsibilities are taken to heart and the heart is a durable master, an extraordinary mother and daughter union traverses the decades.
BREATH, EYES, MEMORY
by Danticat Edwidge.
BRILLIANT, SHOCKING, PROFOUND
A traumatic sexual ritual casts a crippling shadow over an adolescent girl's life. Young wonder Danticat Edwidge has written a book about how mother-daughter and male-female relationships intersect, and how pain is handed down through the generations. This anatomy of a tragedy is spellbinding.
THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN
by Jacquelyn Mitchard
SUSPENSEFUL, POWERFUL PAGE-TURNER
In the short moments a mother's back is turned, a little boy seems to disappear into the depths of nothingness. The mother's fear as searchers continue to return with empty hands is rendered so palpably, the reader can feel it. Years pass and the question arises: Would finding him now be more devastating than losing him? In this book, hard situations have no easy solutions.
MOTHER OF PEARL
by Melinda Haynes
COMPASSIONATE, BRILLIANT, A REVELATION
The heart is a lonely hunter in Melinda Haynes' freshman masterpiece, Mother of Pearl. Comparisons to the Carson McCullers' classic are merited by this southern tale of people searching for love and connection. Protagonist Even* Grade is the resourceful product of a hard-knock life and, though fictional, stands out on the page as vividly as the sturdy young real-life hero of Angela's Ashes. *This is not a typo. The name actually is "Even." People in this book have strange names. Another character is called Valuable Korner.
by Toni Morrison
SCARY, WONDERFUL, UNFORGETTABLE
Nobel Prize winner, Toni Morrison weaves a tale about a town named Ruby and the terrible violence that bleeds from it when men decide it's being threatened. This novel operates on at least two levels. It can be read for enlightenment, sheer entertainment or both.