Oh. My. Goodness. You don’t need to know much about this book in order to know that you must read it. From the very first page, you know you are in the hands of a master. The story doesn’t even matter (though it’s great) – the writing is that good. This is one that I won’t expound on much so as not to spoil anything, but trust me when I say that you will turn the last page, let go of the breath you didn’t know you were holding, and immediately open it again. Then you will want to tell everyone you know to go read it so you can talk about it! Such a fantastic book!
A.J. Fikry is the owner of a bookshop on a fictional New England island, a tourist destination in the summer and a lonely small town all the rest of the year. After the sudden death of his young wife, A.J. has successfully kept most people out of his life, but when his new publisher’s rep makes an optimistic attempt at helping his business, the walls start to come tumbling down. His last precious possession is stolen. A child is abandoned in his store. And Island Books takes on a whole new meaning for A.J. and the town.
This is a love letter to the world of books, written by an experienced author with a knack for tying characters together. Each chapter begins with A.J.’s notes on a piece of literature important to him, a hook that becomes more important as the story goes on. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to run a bookstore, or grow up with one, this is one you can’t miss.
This debut novel tells the mystical story of Ava, born with wings and a mostly mute twin brother, and the other extraordinary women in her family. We follow her great grandmother’s journey from France to New York, her grandmother’s loss of her three siblings and her flight to the Pacific Northwest, where her mother is born and tries to make a home. It is a story of love in its many forms, of finding acceptance of who you are, and ultimately coming to terms with the world as it stands. A beautifully told tale with a breathtaking conclusion! Great book club potential and a solid story to share with a mother-daughter group.
Melton’s blog, momastery.com, is one I came across when her post “Don’t Carpe Diem” went viral a while back. She’s an honest writer with a past that gives every moment a unique perspective. Add a spouse and a few kids to that mix, and you get what she calls a “brutiful” (brutal and beautiful) collection of essays, thoughts, and stories. She will make you laugh and go looking for the nearest person to read a passage out loud to, then bring you to tears as she gets to the heart of some of parenting’s most difficult moments. I loved reading this and immediately wanted to share it with every parent I know.