Not your average dystopian. Goddard Jones chose her main characters well. Also, the existential threat in this novel is a new strain of ticks, and theNot your average dystopian. Goddard Jones chose her main characters well. Also, the existential threat in this novel is a new strain of ticks, and the author does such a great job making her story feel real that I was subconsciously thinking about bugs the whole time I was reading. The Salt Line asks a lot of interesting questions of its readers and would be a great choice for book clubs....more
A great read. Dionne does a great job. Suspenseful and insightful. You'll feel like you're in the marsh. For a reader like me, who knows nothing aboutA great read. Dionne does a great job. Suspenseful and insightful. You'll feel like you're in the marsh. For a reader like me, who knows nothing about the woods, it was a wonderfully immersive experience! A great choice for book clubs as there will be plenty to talk about. ...more
Delia Ballenger is returning to Nashville to sell her dead sister’s house. She thought she’d successfully settled herself in another city, a safe distDelia Ballenger is returning to Nashville to sell her dead sister’s house. She thought she’d successfully settled herself in another city, a safe distance from her family and her unhappy past, but she’s about to learn that the past is like an undiscovered country, waiting to surprise you. Bowling Avenue is crazily, utterly delightful, a fun and funny read that will keep you happily off-balance and turning the pages for more. Like Delia, you’ll find yourself wondering how you came to be in this strangely crackpot place surrounded by these curious characters, but you’ll be oh-so glad that you found your way there.
The novel is populated by characters that are absolute gems. They appear in the story like icebergs; the ten-percent we see when they drift into view is their presentable face, their public persona. The other ninety percent emerges slowly, layer by layer, as we get to know each character’s hidden secret or shame. There is the dreamboat boyfriend who, it turns out, is the opposite of a dreamboat, with a complicated, heartbreaking past and an uncertain future. The mother who laced herself into a certain kind of life thirty years ago and is only starting to see that she might’ve been meant for something else entirely. The dead sister who, it turned out, was a bit of an enigma to the people who thought they knew her best.
Nashville figures as prominently in the story as any of its characters, but readers who are strangers to the city shouldn’t worry that they’ll feel like party-crashers. Within pages, you’ll feel like one of the houseguests in the story: chauffeured around the real Nashville of neighborhoods and families, not the Nashville of the music business. You get a sense of what really matters to the denizens of Nashville, not just what tourists come to see.
A great story, wonderfully told. It draws you in immediately, like meeting someone you hope will become a lifelong friend. If you are looking for a tender, warm and witty near-perfect read, this is it. ...more