Thursday, May 15, 2008

These are Jane Dawson's words (even though it says posted by Ellen)...I want to share with you three terrific literary books for the spring/summer: Hillary Jordan, won Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize for her first book, Mudbound. This is a powerful story of racial prejudices tragically played out in the Delta region of Mississippi just as World War ll is ending. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski, is a stunning first novel. Written with grace and lyricism you are swept away into the mute world of Edgar, his family and the dogs they breed and train. In The House on Fortune Street, one of my favorite authors, Margot Livesey, tells a poignant story through four interlocking stories. As you read this subtle, but telling novel you realize what a tangled web of experiences lives are and how chance plays such an important role. Take any of these books or all three to the beach, the mountains or wherever your summer hideaways are and fall under the spell of great writing and good story telling.

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