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Tamarind Woman by Anita Rau Badami

Tamarind Woman
By Anita Rau Badami

Kamini, the elder of Saroja Moorthy's two daughters, moves from India to Canada to attend graduate school. As she languishes alone in a dreary student apartment, she receives disturbing postcards from her mother. Mom is traveling to places all over India by train and enjoying a less burdensome life free from the responsibilities of raising children. Kamini's mom's life is revealed, not in letters to her daughter, but in talking with strangers on a train. Tamarind Woman explores complex relationships between mothers and daughters, families, and lovers. The book resonates with female readers but male readers will also benefit from this story. Learn more about Anita Rau Badami.

House Girl

The House Girl
By Tara Conklin

The House Girl is a fascinating historical story of runaway slave Josephine in the pre-Civil War South, lawyer Lina Sparrow in modern day New York , and a search for truth and justice in the art world. Setting her tale in dual settings, Ms. Conklin weaves a story that is at times both heart-wrenching and uplifting. Visit Tara Conklin's website for more information.



The Green Road by Anne Enright

The Green Road
By Anne Enright

The Green Road gives readers a look into the Irish psyche. A book about Rosaleen Madigan and her Irish family, this tale can be labeled a Christmas story, a romance, a coming of age story, and an essay on the human condition -- but it is so much more. The Green Road is about family relationships -- an aging mother calling to her children for one last gathering, conflicts ranging over the span of 30 years, and lifelong bonds between siblings. For me, as an only child, it was especially fascinating. Anne Enright's book The Gathering won the 2007 Man Booker Prize and The Green Road will probably win something, too. Learn more about Anne Enright.



Sweetbitter A Novel by Stephanie Danler

By Stephanie Danler

What a nice surprise. Bittersweet is the story of a young woman's entrance to a tight knit group of service workers at an upscale restaurant and the tales of their ups and downs. I love becoming a part of New York City's late-night scene, the tasteful wine appreciation lessons, and getting a good look into the restaurant business. The whole trip is fascinating.This insightful book gets a top rating from me so read it as soon as possible. You won't be disappointed. Visit Stephanie Danler's website.

The Moonflower Vine by Jetta Carleton

The Moonflower Vine
By Jetta Carleton

The Moonflower Vine is the story of the Soames family. A tale of strong family ties, the book moves gracefully from character to character revealing an undercurrent of secrets and sorrows. Set in a rural Missouri town, The Moonflower Vine is divided into five parts featuring Jessica, Matthew, Mathy, Leonie, and Callie. This is Jetta Carleton's only published novel. Jetta Carleton does not have a website or a Widipedia page that I can find.



The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott

The Dressmaker
By Kate Alcott

Writing under the name of Kate Alcott, author Patricia O'Brien weaves a story of love and adventure. The book centers on seamstress and ladies maid Tess Collins. Tess escapes the sinking of the Titanic and makes her way to New York City where she quickly advances in the fashion industry. This is a light tale of glamour, mystery, and the rising middle class with a love story thrown into the mix. The Dressmaker is perfect for escaping into the world of the early 1900's. Visit Kate Alcott's website for more information.


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