Book Review: The Futures

Book Review: The FuturesThe Futures
by Anna Pitoniak
on January 17th 2017
Published by Little Brown and Company
Genres: New Age
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Julia and Evan fall in love as undergraduates at Yale. For Evan, a scholarship student from a Canadian logging town, Yale is a whole new world, and Julia—blonde, beautiful and rich—fits perfectly into the future he’s envisioned for himself. After graduation, and on the eve of the great financial meltdown of 2008, they move together to New York City, where Evan takes a job at a hedge fund. But Julia, who has only known a life of privilege, feels unmoored and increasingly shut out of Evan’s secretive world. With the market crashing and banks failing, Evan becomes involved in an increasingly high-stakes deal at work—a deal that, despite the assurance of his Machiavellian boss, begins to feel more than slightly suspicious. Meanwhile, Julia reconnects with someone from her past who offers a glimpse of a different kind of life.

As Evan and Julia spin apart into their separate orbits, they each find that they are capable of much more—good and bad—that they’d ever dreamed, and that betrayal is easier than they ever imagined.

My Takeaway  The debut novel, The Futures is about two recent college grads trying to find success and their way in the real world. It’s 2008 and the beginning of financial instability for this country. Julia and Evan have been dating for a couple of years, are college sweethearts…

Book Review: Fever Dream

Book Review: Fever DreamFever Dream
by Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell
on January 10th 2017
Pages: 192
Published by Riverhead Books
Genres: Literary Fiction, Multicultural, Mystery/Crime
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A young woman named Amanda lies dying in a rural hospital clinic. A boy named David sits beside her. She's not his mother. He's not her child. Together, they tell a haunting story of broken souls, toxins, and the power and desperation of family.

Fever Dream is a nightmare come to life, a ghost story for the real world, a love story and a cautionary tale. One of the freshest new voices to come out of the Spanish language and translated into English for the first time, Samanta Schweblin creates an aura of strange psychological menace and otherworldly reality in this absorbing, unsettling, taut novel.

My Takeaway  For a short story to be successful it must instantly grab the reader’s attention. At a mere 183 short pages, Fever Dream delivers! The novel was originally written in Spanish (Distancia del Rescate, 2014) by Samanta Schweblin and recently translated by Megan McDowell. The story begins with…

Book Review: The Vegetarian

Book Review: The VegetarianThe Vegetarian
by Han Kang, Deborah Smith
on February 2nd 2016
Pages: 192
Published by Hogarth
Genres: Literary Fiction, Multicultural
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Before the nightmare, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary life. But when splintering, blood-soaked images start haunting her thoughts, Yeong-hye decides to purge her mind and renounce eating meat. In a country where societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye's decision to embrace a more “plant-like” existence is a shocking act of subversion. And as her passive rebellion manifests in ever more extreme and frightening forms, scandal, abuse, and estrangement begin to send Yeong-hye spiraling deep into the spaces of her fantasy. In a complete metamorphosis of both mind and body, her now dangerous endeavor will take Yeong-hye—impossibly, ecstatically, tragically—far from her once-known self altogether.

My Takeaway  “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.” Paul McCartney I have never read anything quite like The Vegetarian. The novel is about a South Korean woman (Yeong-hye) and the bizarre events that place after she decides to become a vegetarian. Yeong-hye…

Book Review: Firegirl

Book Review: FiregirlFiregirl
by Tony Abbott
on January 1st 1970
Pages: 147
Published by Little Brown and Company
Genres: Young Readers
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"...there is..." Mrs. Tracy was saying quietly, "there is something we need to know about Jessica..."

From this moment on, life is never quite the same for Tom and his seventh-grade classmates. They learn that Jessica has been in a fire and was badly burned, and will be attending St. Catherine's while getting medical treatments. Despite her horrifying appearance and the fear she evokes in him and most of the class, Tom slowly develops a tentative friendship with Jessica that changes his life.

My Takeaway  My family and I listened to Abbott’s, Firegirl as an audiobook. It is about a girl named Jessica who is badly burned in an accident. Jessica transfers to a new school to receive treatments from the local hospital. The story is narrated by Tom, Jessica&#8217…

Book Review: Fatal

Book Review: FatalFatal
by John Lescroart
on January 24th 2017
Pages: 320
Published by Atria Books
Genres: Suspense/Thriller
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Kate loves her life. At forty-four, she’s happily married to her kind husband, Ron, blessed with two wonderful children, and has a beautiful home in San Francisco. Everything changes, however, when she and Ron attend a dinner party and meet another couple, Peter and Jill. Kate and Peter only exchange a few pleasant words but that night, in bed with her husband, Kate is suddenly overcome with a burning desire for Peter.

What begins as an innocent crush soon develops into a dangerous obsession and Kate’s fixation on Peter results in one intense, passionate encounter between the two. Confident that her life can now go back to normal, Kate never considers that Peter may not be so willing to move on.

Not long after their affair, a masked man barges into the café Kate is sitting in with her best friend, firing an assault weapon indiscriminately into the crowd. This tragedy is the first in a series of horrifying events that will show Kate just how grave the consequences of one mistake can be.

My Takeaway  Fatal is suspenseful, fast-paced and enthralling. The novel shows how one single act can have tremendous and/or devastating consequences. This thriller is filled with compelling twists and turns, which will keep you guessing until the very end – a definite page turner! This is the first…