Henry, Allmon and Henrietta carry the heavy burdens of the generations before them; their blood binds them to this landscape, and their futures to the fate of one horse.
This Southern Gothic is a great American novel—wide in scope and alive with the ghosts that haunt our nation.
The writing is sure, evocative without being overbearing. - “A heart is judged not by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.” Lily loves ice cream, chicken and rice, tofurky, her red ball, and her dad, Ted. On Thursdays Lily and Ted discuss which boys they think are the cutest, and when they play Monopoly she likes being the cannon.
This is a charming and quirky story that gives us permission to love our animals in the consuming, over-the-top, bizarre ways that we do.
Lily is the Hobbes to Ted’s Calvin, the Enzo to his Denny, the Richard Parker to his Pi, and with one slow tug of a shoelace Lily bursts Ted’s heart open, and marks herself indelibly inside of a reader’s.
- This is a sexy story of espionage and life lived on the edge.
Betty Thorpe Pack, American socialite turned MI6 spy, had a successful career trading in pillow talk and secrets during WWII.
A restless spirit, not unlike Holly Golightly’s “mean reds,” made her first marriage to British diplomat Arthur Pack a necessity, and her subsequent recruitment to MI6 at the onset of the Spanish Civil War seem inevitable.
Pack, loyal to nothing and no one but her cause and herself, led an unconventional life punctuated by tragedy.
She refused to be defined by her gender or her lineage, by society or the conventions of motherhood and marriage.
THE LAST GOODNIGHT pays homage to the fascinating life and tragic death of an unsung heroine in the intelligence world, and a complicated woman who never stopped searching for her true place.
As a child, Franny’s life is changed when her parents divorce, her mother remarries, and she is suddenly part of a blended family of siblings and situations.
This is a tender and heartbreaking novel about the dissolution of families, the creation of new relationships, and the effect this has on the children involved.
Beautifully written in Ann Patchett’s gifted style.