LibraryReads September and October Lists

library_reads_logo_websiteSeptember Reads

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
Release Date: September 15, 2015

Fates_GroffThere are two sides to every story. Lott and Mathilde have a marriage that is the envy of all of their friends, but not everything is as it seems. Told first from one perspective then the other, this is the story of their marriage. A change in perspective makes a big difference.

I actually started to read this one, but I just had to drop it. Not because I didn’t like, I didn’t get far enough into it to decide that, but because of an accident of timing. I’d just dropped The Lives of Others in disgust. The next day, I open Furies. I’m reading along, not really sure if I like the prose or not, when it happens. Lance walks out and his crap drops out onto the floor. I promptly close the book and move on. Maybe I’ll come back it someday.

Family_CleggDid You Ever Have A Family by Bill Clegg
Release Date: September 8, 2015

The day before a wedding tragedy strikes in the form of a devastating fire that leaves only one survivor, June Reid, the bride’s mother. How does everyone cope? From June to the caterer with the forgotten bill, this is the tale of aftermath.

 

Crash_DeCarloThe Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo
Release Date: September 8, 2015

What do you do when you screw of your life for the umpteenth time? You go home and start over. Even if you’re turning into your mother. But what if home is the place that turned your mother from a bright young woman full of light and promise into the broken shell you remember? The search for your mother’s “why” may break you, or it could lead to your own healing.

October Reads

after-youAfter You by Jojo Moyes
Release Date: September 29, 2015

Sequel to the much loved Me Before You. I can’t wait to read it, box of tissues at the ready.

 

 

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
Release Date: October 6, 2015

The story of King David as told by Geraldine Brooks. Should make for an interesting read. Here’s the blurb:

Chord_BrooksWith more than two million copies of her novels sold, New York Times bestselling author Geraldine Brooks has achieved both popular and critical acclaim. Now, Brooks takes on one of literature’s richest and most enigmatic figures: a man who shimmers between history and legend. Peeling away the myth to bring David to life in Second Iron Age Israel, Brooks traces the arc of his journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished dotage.

The Secret Chord provides new context for some of the best-known episodes of David’s life while also focusing on others, even more remarkable and emotionally intense, that have been neglected. We see David through the eyes of those who love him or fear him—from the prophet Natan, voice of his conscience, to his wives Mikhal, Avigail, and Batsheva, and finally to Solomon, the late-born son who redeems his Lear-like old age. Brooks has an uncanny ability to hear and transform characters from history, and this beautifully written, unvarnished saga of faith, desire, family, ambition, betrayal, and power will enthrall her many fans.

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