I wasn't sure about this book, its very "wordy" but in a good way, and after reading more I enjoyed it. Mr. Nahm is a very talented writer and I will I wasn't sure about this book, its very "wordy" but in a good way, and after reading more I enjoyed it. Mr. Nahm is a very talented writer and I will read more of his works.
From Amazon: "Wonderful. While this isn't a thriller, at least in any traditional sense of the word, it's deeply suspenseful. [Nahm's] descriptions of rural Kentucky are gorgeous, but he digs far below the surface to portray the real soul of the town. Remarkable... it's impossible to stop reading until you've gone through each beautiful line, a beauty that infuses the whole novel, even in its darkest moments." -NPR...more
A wonderful story about family, all the strengths and weaknesses, joy and grief that most family go through, but this author makes you feel like your A wonderful story about family, all the strengths and weaknesses, joy and grief that most family go through, but this author makes you feel like your right there going through everything too as your reading. I hated to see it end. A really good read!
From Amazon: When John Blessing dies and leaves behind two small children, the loss reverberates across his extended family for years to come. His young widow, Lauren, finds solace in her large clan of in-laws, while his brother's wife Kate pursues motherhood even at the expense of her marriage. John's teenage nephew Stephen finds himself involved in an act of petty theft that takes a surprising turn, and nephew Alex, a gifted student, travels to Spain and considers the world beyond his family's Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood. Through departures and arrivals, weddings and reunions, THE BLESSINGS reveals the interior worlds of the members of a close-knit Irish-Catholic family and the rituals that unite them....more
I really enjoyed this book, it will make you laugh one minute and cry the next. A fun read!
From Amazon: Sixteen-year-old Sarah Kunitz lives in a pos I really enjoyed this book, it will make you laugh one minute and cry the next. A fun read!
From Amazon: Sixteen-year-old Sarah Kunitz lives in a posh, suburban world of 1970 Boston. From the outside, her parents' lifestyle appears enviable - a world defined by cocktail parties, expensive cars, and live-in maids to care for their children - but inside their five-bedroom house, all is not well for the Kunitz family. Coming home from school, Sarah finds her well-dressed, pill-popping mother lying disheveled on their living room couch. At night, to escape their parents' arguments, Sarah and her oldest brother, Peter, find solace in music, while her two younger brothers retreat to their rooms and imaginary lives. Any vestige of decorum and stability drains away when a family tragedy occurs one terrible winter day. Soon after, their father, a self-absorbed, bombastic professor begins an affair with a younger colleague. Sarah, aggrieved, dives into two summer romances that lead to unforeseen consequences....more
Another wonderful read by this author! Thoroughly enjoyed and can't wait to see what the next book will be about. Loved all the characters except Lar Another wonderful read by this author! Thoroughly enjoyed and can't wait to see what the next book will be about. Loved all the characters except Larry Chastain...a real jerk! Reminds me of my ex! lol Ms. Hussey is a wonderful writer and she puts so much into her stories that you feel like you are right there. If you haven't read her first book, The Sweetest Halleujah...your missing out on some great reading. I loved them both!
From Amazon: An emotionally riveting tale of the bonds of family and the power of hope in the sultry Deep South
In 1969, the first footsteps on the moon brighten America with possibilities. But along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, a category five storm is brewing, and the Blake sisters of Biloxi are restless for change. Beth "Sis" Blake has always been the caretaker, the dutiful one, with the weight of her family's happiness—and their secrets—on her shoulders. She dreams of taking off to pursue her own destiny, but not before doing whatever it takes to rescue her sister.
Emily Blake, an unwed mother trying to live down her past, wants the security of marriage for the sake of her five-year-old son, Andy. But secure is the last thing she feels with her new husband. Now she must put aside pride, and trust family to help her find the courage to escape.
With Hurricane Camille stirring up havoc, two sisters—each desperate to break free—begin a remarkable journey where they'll discover that in the wake of destruction lies new life, unshakable strength and the chance to begin again. Dreams are reborn and the unforgettable force of friendship is revealed in The Oleander Sisters, an extraordinary story of courage, love and sacrifice....more
A really good mystery, lots of twists and turns, and set in the tiny town of Acker's Gap, WV, where you feel the hopelessness of poverty. It will mak A really good mystery, lots of twists and turns, and set in the tiny town of Acker's Gap, WV, where you feel the hopelessness of poverty. It will make you think about the world today, and definately won't let you forget this great debut novel. I will read more novels by Julia Keller.
From Amazon: In A Killing in the Hills, a powerful, intricate debut from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Julia Keller, a mother and a daughter try to do right by a town and each other before it's too late.
What's happening in Acker's Gap, West Virginia? Three elderly men are gunned down over their coffee at a local diner, and seemingly half the town is there to witness the act. Still, it happened so fast, and no one seems to have gotten a good look at the shooter. Was it random? Was it connected to the spate of drug violence plaguing poor areas of the country just like Acker's Gap? Or were Dean Streeter, Shorty McClurg, and Lee Rader targeted somehow?
One of the witnesses to the brutal incident was Carla Elkins, teenaged daughter of Bell Elkins, the prosecuting attorney for Raythune County, WV. Carla was shocked and horrified by what she saw, but after a few days, she begins to recover enough to believe that she might be uniquely placed to help her mother do her job.
After all, what better way to repair their fragile, damaged relationship? But could Carla also end up doing more harm than good—in fact, putting her own life in danger?...more