I listened to this book on CD and honestly, I think I'm a fairly well educated, socially aware person, but this book stunned me. It stunned me in that it is true, there are people who live like this even today in the United States. I knew that on an intellectual level, but seeing it through this girl's experience was both heart breaking and unbelievable. It's a well told story of survival and beating all the odds. There are some good and kind people in her life, but they were unable or unwilling to pull her from the chaos of her home created by her father's mental illness (my opinion). I highly recommend it, but it isn't an easy story to digest.
I randomly found this book on the 'featured' shelves near the door. It's historical fiction, how could I go wrong? After staying up way too late several nights in a row, I'm hooked. It's a story that pulled me in immediately. I like the way it bounces back and forth between current day and the past. I also like how the characters are connected. Each one is developed in a way that is easy to relate to, even though they are very different. If you like historical fiction, or mystery, or adventure, this book is for you!
I hadn't planned on reading another WWII book so soon but this book on CD was sitting on the featured shelf when I walked into the library. I have heard so much about it that I picked it up. It has been haunting me when I'm not listening to it in the car. I like the main character and his voice (the way he tells his story) but there have been a couple of times that something seemed a bit off. I think if I had the print version of the book I could easily flip back and check, but listening to the CD I can't. I highly recommend this book, but it's probably better to read than listen to. Just my opinion!
In spite of all of the talk about this author and several of her popular books in past few years, I just hadn't read any of them. I don't know why. I am listening to this book on CD in the car. I like the story very much and the main character is one that I can't help but cheer on. She's young and naive but strong and determined. I haven't finished the book yet, but based on what I've heard so far, I would recommend it. It's an interesting story line with a variety of characters facing life choices.
I'm not sure why it's been so long since I've read an Anne Tyler book. I love her writing and her characters are just odd enough that they are people you imagine actually meeting in life. This book is no exception and I like the 'time hop' effect of the progression of the book. I highly recommend anything written by this author.
What have you been reading so far this year?
Enjoy every book!
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