This week we have some trench warfare, a fire, more mid-life, a myth or two and a love story.

Let us begin!

Barbara M. is, very uncharacteristically, reading rather slowly.  She reports that,” I'm up to the last chapter in Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks and am reading it slowly because I don't want it to end. Faulks' description of trench warfare is so vivid it's hard to believe that he didn't experience it himself and equally hard to believe that you're not on the battlefield. The characters are so well drawn that I don't want to say goodbye to them.

Pat T.  is enjoying Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton. “A mother saves her daughter from a fire that ravaged her children's exclusive private school, leaving the mother and daughter in a coma and the son accused of setting the fire. This is a fast paced thriller!”  This one is out next month.

Jeanne says, “Wife 22 is turning out to be way more fun than I originally thought. Some of the dialogue is overdone, but mostly it's full of life, love and laughs. This is a debut novel for Melanie Gideon about a middle-aged woman (keep reading it IS different!) who is feeling out of sorts in her marriage a little and coming apart a lot. She spends copious minutes of her day with her smartphone on Facebook, Twitter and IMing. It is no surprise when her involvement in an online questionnaire about marital happiness as Wife 22 gets out of hand."  This one comes out in May.

Abby is revisiting some old friends.  “The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller is a beautifully written interpretation of the Trojan War.  At the center is ‘The love that dare not speak its name’experienced by the greatest warrior of his time.  You'll be reintroduced to many figures from classic mythology, and be reminded how important mythology is to modern literature and indeed, all culture.  Miller really finds the right tone and pace to making this one fit in with the canon of written mythology.  It was tough to put down. “

I am really enjoying Love Fiercely:  a Gilded Age Romance by Jean Zimmerman.  Zimmerman tells the story of Newton and Edith Stokes.  While both came from wealthy and privileged backgrounds they refused to sit back let that be their only identity.  Together they worked tirelessly on behalf of the poor of New York as reformers and as preservationists of the city they loved.  This is a wonderful love story in more ways than one.  


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