Manhattan Beach

Synopsis: (as told by the back of the book)

“We’re going to see the sea.”

Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to visit Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her family.  She is mesmerized by the seat beyond the house and by some charged mystery between the two men. Continue reading

Turtles All the Way Down

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Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate.  So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. Continue reading

Origin

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Bilbao, Spain

Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultra-modern Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao to attend a major announcement – the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.”  The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure.  Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough – one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence. Continue reading

The Lonely Hearts Hotel

Synopsis: (as told by the back of the book)

Two babies are abandoned in a Montreal orphanage in the winter of 1914.  Before long, their talents emerge, earning them both adoration and hatred.  Pierrot is a piano prodigy; scrappy Rose can light up even the dreariest room with her dancing and comedy.  While forced to travel around the city performing clown routines to raise funds for their orphanage, the children fall in love with each other.  They also make plans for a sensational future together, dreaming of the most provocative circus show the world has ever seen. Continue reading

Little Fires Everywhere

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In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead.  And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter, Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.  Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair.  But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town – and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides.  Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past.  But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

Morgan’s thoughts:

I enjoyed this book, plain and simple.  I didn’t anticipate the mystery aspect of it but I was completely sucked in.  I found the characters to be complex and relatable – everyone from the youngest Richardson child to the parents.  Something about this story just struck a chord with me.  I didn’t know this was the kind of book I was in the mood for until it was.

I appreciate authors who can depict teenage relationships honestly without oversimplifying.  It’s a fine line to walk – too aloof and the reader won’t connect, too much and it comes off as fake, too much like the stereotypical teenage relationship.

If you’re looking for a fall novel that speaks simultaneously on an intimate level and a larger scale, I’d recommend this one.  

Interested in this book? Buy it here on Amazon or find it at your local bookstore.

Little Fires Everywhere was written by Celeste Ng and published by Penguin Press in 2017.

White Bodies

Thank you to the lovely team at Touchstone Books for providing me with an advance copy of White Bodies by Jane Robins.  All thoughts and images are my own.

Synopsis: (as told by the back of the book)

Felix and Tilda seem like the perfect couple: young and in love, he’s a wealthy financier and she an up-and-coming starlet.  But behind their flawless facade, not everything is as it seems. Continue reading

Home Fire

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Isma is free.  After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother’s death, she’s accepted an invitation from a mentor in America that allows her to resume a dream long deferred.  But she can’t stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London, or their brother, Parvaiz, who’s disappeared in pursuit of his own dream, to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist fatherr he never knew.  When Parvaiz surfaces half a globe away, Isma’s worst fears are confirmed. Continue reading