Mookstruck Agatha is tying the knot with distinguished but reserved James Lacey before he can have second thoughts. After all, her first husband Jimmy must be long since dead of alcohol poisoning. But Jimmy Raisin hears the news in his cardboard residence among London's homeless--and reaches Carsely village just in time to stop the wedding. Book #5 in the series.
Anne Tyler presents a warm and insightful view of a couple's life together, starting in the 1940's (World War II) through 1990. The author captures the nuances of everyday life, depicting the passing of the decades with precision. Bringing smiles of recognition, this book is disarming and deceptive, wise and observant. Recommended to all who are, have been or would like to be in an exclusive, committed relationship.
One of the very few books that I've read twice. A wonderful story of a family on the Western frontier, told by a master. Wallace Stegner was a brilliant writer. Anyone would enjoy this book, winner of the 1972 Pulitzer Prize.
I thought this was a wonderful book, full of both pathos and humor. It would be especially poignant for families with young children as you read how she dealt with the anger and outbursts of her son when she was totally debilitated with chemotherapy. Neither sugar-coated nor overly horrific (as if it could be), this is a riveting chronicle of one woman's navigation through the morass that is cancer.
A strange, thought-provoking book about a mother and her son. At the end of the day, the boy on the school bus is not her son -- or at least doesn't appear to be. At the end, you're left with the question: is it her son or isn't it? What do you think?
A father, riddled with cancer, comes to his eldest daughter's home to die. As his children deal with this and with each other, they must examine their own lives and relationships. They also learn unexpected information that changes who they thought they were.
The first book in one of my favorite series: Detective April Woo and the NYPD. She teams with psychiatrist Jason Frank to stop a serial killer. Having an Asian protagonist leads to cultural clashes, especially between April and her mother. Highly recommended.
As in most Minette Walters books, the tension builds slowly but unrelentingly toward the climax. Whether Connie and Jess, the unlikely heroines, actually have committed murder is left up to the reader: did they or didn't they?
What would you do if you received, in your office mail, an invitation to dinner with Jesus of Nazareth? Surely you'd have a question or two to ask Him, no matter how skeptical you might be. A short, quickly read novella packs a lot of thought-provoking ideas into its 104 pages.