Patti recommends

Broken Harbor

Broken Harbor by Tana French

A suspenseful and well-written mystery by Tana French featuring another member of the Dublin murder sqaud, Broken Harbor, is an unfinished housing development on Ireland's coast where 'Scorcher' Kennedy spent summers as a child.  He comes back to solve the gruesome murder of a young family.  Again French writes a page-turning mystery with an engaging main character. Read her other books: In the Woods, The Likeness, Faithful Place.

A God in Ruins

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

A companion to Life After Life, Kate Atkinson's new book, A God in Ruins tells the story of another member of the Todd family.  Where Life After Life presented characters affected by the blitz in London, Teddy Todd is a charmed pilot dropping bombs in Germany.  A compelling story with a beautiful and thought provoking ending.

West of Sunset

West of Sunset by Stewart O'Nan

The epigraph in Stewart O'Nan's West of Sunset sums up this work of fiction based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's last years.  Shuttling between his past on the East Coast with Zelda and Scottie, and his present as a Hollywood screenwriter, Fitzgerald unsuccessfully tries to change the course of his life.  O'Nan sympathetically portrays this sad character.

Andrew’s Brain

Andrew’s Brain by E.L. Doctorow

When you read E.L. Doctorow you should prepare for some surprises.  Andrew's Brain is written in the form of a conversation between Andrew and his "Doc".  Andrew, a cognitive scientist, is cursed with what he describes as "killing ineptitude."  He tells about his loves, his losses, and his relationship with a famous fellow Yale graduate.  A quick read, I read the book twice in succession.

Binocular Vision

Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman

In her forward to this book, Ann Patchett compares the author to John Updike and Alice Munro.  Look forward to a treat when you read these short stories.

Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway

Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway by Sara Gran

Claire DeWitt is a bit like Lisbeth Salander, a bit like Sherlock Holmes.  Quirky and drug addicted, she is the "world's greatest detective".

Wilson

Wilson by A. Scott Berg

Don't be discouraged by its size, Wilson by A. Scott Berg is a page turner.  It's an appropriate book to read in 2014, the year we mark the Centennial of WWI.  Woodrow Wilson was a man of high ethical standards.  A quote from Horace, the poet, was aptly used to describe him-"A just man who sticks to his principles".

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