"Even for a seen-everything New York emergency room resident like Dr. Evelyn Sutcliffe, things seem to be getting a bit out of hand. There's a serial killer loose in the neighborhood, anti-abortion activists have shot a clinic doctor and bombed a bus stop, and Dr. Sutcliffe is inexplicably assaulted on her way to work at six o'clock in the morning. Upon discovering that she knew one of the serial killer's victims, Dr. Sutcliffe decides to seek clues to the killer's identity. When a medical student helping Dr. Sutcliffe investigate is found stabbed in the doctors' residence hall and the serial killer's signature baby doll is found at the scene, Dr. Sutcliffe begins to fear that her life might also be in danger."
I grew up in a large Catholic family; my mother was 100% Irish. I was totally engrossed in this book. There was so much that resonated with me because of my upbringing (both painful and joyful; the many personalities that populate a large family). I've highly recommended it to all of my siblings. This is one of those books that have stuck in my mind, that I keep returning to, months after I finished reading it. I do recommend it!
From the book jacket: National Bestseller: Civilized and apolitical, Michael Dillon is the manager of the finest hotel in a dangerous, graffiti-gouled city divided against itself. On the eve of choosing between the two women in his life - a decision that will bring him great personal happiness - he is suddently and violently dragged into a worl of ethical temptations and fanatical terrorism. an ordinary man unwittingly trapped in a savage and terrifying conflict, he is now faced with only two options - both equally devastating...and deadly.
This novel was woven together beautifully. The author looks at ordinary people in a pretty brutally honest way; the plot doesn't follow any expected route. The book is set in Cardiff, Wales - I don't think I've ever read a book set in Wales, which was also enriching for me. I was delighted to discover this author, and will read more of her books.
From the book jacket: "I've not read anything that so captures the contrast between the wild world and our ravaging consumer culture. Ordinary Wolves is painful and beautiful" - Louise Erdrich
This is a beautiful, unique, wonderful read.
I had seen the movie and wanted to read the original version. The story is quite different, and was quite a satisfying read. It gives a telling look at the substantial (and unnecessary?) changes Hollywood makes.