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Golden Child by Claire Adam
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The sheets that they laid over the couch and armchair since the break-in are all smoothed out and organized, but the place still looks terrible.
One of the most immediately intriguing things about Golden Child is how Claire Adam is able to subtly make clear how high the stakes are for the Deyalsingh family. She opens by evocatively describing the Trinidadian setting, and it seems as though Clyde is coming home to his family after an average day at work. However, the casual mention of a recent break-in gives us a hint that this is a household in turmoil, and there is reason for all the present members of the family—Clyde, Joy, and Peter—to be concerned when Paul does not come home. Though this is ultimately a novel about character and ...more
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Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
Freshwater
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The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Secret Life of Bees
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Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese
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A beautiful novel about family and forgiveness. I spotted it on the library’s Native American Month section, and knew I had to read it right away. The prose is gorgeous, and the story unfolds in a measured, confident way. I’m so glad I read this book ...more
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Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss
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A brilliant novel. It’s a work of art that inspires me as a writer.
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Loving Day by Mat Johnson
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For the past five days, I was either reading this book or thinking about it. The novel is laugh-out-loud hilarious and also beautifully written. I’m an enrolled citizen of a tribe and yet look 100% white, so could relate to the identity issues of the ...more
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Still Lives by Maria Hummel
Still Lives
by Maria Hummel (Goodreads Author)
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Read this in two days. It was utterly engaging, with expert writing and tension on every page.
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There There by Tommy Orange
There There
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A magnificent book. I buy and pass along a lot of books, so when I say I am keeping this one, it’s a high honor.
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Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
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I finish this novel with tears in my eyes and an ache in my heart. What a stunning, beautiful, perfect novel.
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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“In one of those stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night. And when your sorrow is comforted (time soothes all sorrows) you will be content that you have known me. You will always be my friend...I shall not leave you.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“Goodbye," said the fox. "And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
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