Quiet Dell by Jayne Anne Phillips

9781439172537Quiet Dell
by Jayne Anne Phillips
(pub. 9/13)

The true story of the murder of the Eicher family of Park Ridge, IL is chronicled by Phillips, as seen through the eyes of (fictitious) heroine/journalist Emily Thornhill.  Emily is as passionately involved in the capture of the Eicher’s killer as she is in the dramatic turns her personal life takes as the trial evolves.  The two stories intertwine to make the novel much more than “seeing justice well served” for the reader.  As in Lark and Termite, there is an element of fantasy and imagination that adds a uniqueness to the writing and offsets the sadness of the tragic deaths of the Eichers.

Recommended by:
Sue B. – Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville


The Reservoir by John Milliken Thompson

9781590514443The Reservoir
by John Milliken Thompson
(pub. 5/11)

This novel, set in Richmond, Va. In 1885 is loosely based on a true murder and the trial that followed. Written in perfect Southern Gothic style, Tommie Cluverious is accused and convicted of the murder of Lillie Madison, found floating in the town reservoir. Guilty or not guilty? I was haunted by this novel for days. Perfect for a book group.

Recommended by:
Carol K. – Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville


by Anne Westrick

In one word – WOW!  Anyone who says historical fiction is boring has not read Brotherhood.  This is the story of two brothers in Richmond, VA after the Civil War and deep into Reconstruction.  Union soldiers have taken over the city and are viewed as Yankee thugs by the citizens.  Richmond is powder-keg waiting for a spark.  The KKK murder of an Irish Immigrant who has arrived to help open the first school for freed slaves is that spark and two brothers find themselves right in the middle, and on opposite sides.  How far will family and friendship ties stretch before they break?

Recommended by:
Kathleen – Anderson’s Bookshop Downers Grove

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

9780307744425The Buddha in the Attic
by Julie Otsuka

A powerful tale told through multiple female voices of the struggle a group of Japanese women experienced when starting a new life in America during the 1920’s and 1930’s.  Their eventual internment after the attack on Pearl Harbor portrays a dark period in American history.  The unique writing style of this novel reminds one of a long Japanese poem.

Kathy – Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville