Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan @jcourtsull #fiction #literaryfiction #bookreview #bookreviewer

Susanne’s Review: Female Friendships can be complicated.  Especially as we get older.   The dynamics of class, friendship, marriage, motherhood, power, and privilege, are explored to absolute perfection in “Friends and Strangers” by J. Courtney Sullivan.  Elizabeth is a married mother, who struggles with her new life in Upstate New York.  Having recently moved from Brooklyn,Continue reading “Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan @jcourtsull #fiction #literaryfiction #bookreview #bookreviewer”

The Dry by Jane Harper @janeharperautho @Flatironbooks #crimefiction #bookreview

Susanne’s Review: A Devastating Crime;  One Man’s Inescapable Past;  The Place Where it All Goes Down. When Federal Agent Aaron Falk returns home to Kiewarra in the Australian Outback, it’s not because he’s homesick.  His best friend Luke is gone, and Falk goes home to attend his funeral.  That’s not all of course.  Luke isContinue reading “The Dry by Jane Harper @janeharperautho @Flatironbooks #crimefiction #bookreview”

Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy @CharMcConaghy #bookreview #bookblogger

Susanne’s Review: Brilliant. Moving. Uncharted.  Franny Stone is a damaged woman who loves with abandon and yet leaves with nary a thought.   She is the keeper of deep dark secrets, who is on a mission.  To follow the last migration of the Arctic Terns from Greenland to Antarctica.   Dangerous, treacherous, and uncharted, Franny finds aContinue reading “Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy @CharMcConaghy #bookreview #bookblogger”

Together We Will Go by J. Michael Straczynksi @straczynski @GalleryBooks

Susanne’s Review: Brilliant, Heart-Wrenching and So Very Unexpected. A group of strangers come together for a road trip with only one destination: The end of the road.  For these strangers, either their lives didn’t turn out as they expected or things seem utterly hopeless and when an opportunity arises, to face the end together, theyContinue reading “Together We Will Go by J. Michael Straczynksi @straczynski @GalleryBooks”

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

Susanne’s Review: A Beautifully Written, Heartbreaking Novel! The year is 1921, the setting is Texas, during the Great Depression. Elsa is a young woman who has never known love. Ignored by her family, she yearns for a different life.  The first time a man pays attention to her, Elsa becomes wholly smitten.  That man isContinue reading “The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah”

When Stars Rain Down by Angela Jackson-Brown

Susanne’s Review: Beautiful. Emotional. Expressive. Heart-wrenching.  Opal Pruitt is Seventeen, soon to be Eighteen in the Summer of 1936. On the cusp of adulthood, Opal has never kept company or been the victim of violence, but she’s about to experience both.    Living in a neighborhood called “Colored Town” in Parsons, Georgia, racism, and segregation runContinue reading “When Stars Rain Down by Angela Jackson-Brown”

And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman

Susanne’s Review: Fredrik Backman: You brought me to my knees. This novella had me sobbing, smiling, laughing and in bewildered awe of the beautiful words that you are able to write so melodically on a page. You capture emotion between characters so exquisitely. In this incredible novella, Grandpa and Noahnoah (his grandson) have a veryContinue reading “And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman”

Beartown and Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

Susanne’s Reviews: Beartown Fredrik Backman: You’ve left me drained, almost completely bereft of words. This is a novel, unlike any of your others, yet it’s so full of heart and emotion that we the readers know emphatically that it is yours. And after the last words have sunk into my soul, I can emphatically say,Continue reading “Beartown and Us Against You by Fredrik Backman”

Writers and Lovers by Lily King

Susanne’s Review: Just call it Love, Pure and Simple. “Writers and Lovers” by Lily King is the story of Casey Peabody, a 31-year-old woman who knows pain and defeat and knows it well.  A waitress and a struggling writer, Casey recently lost her mother and is $73,000 in debt due to exorbitant college loans thatContinue reading “Writers and Lovers by Lily King”

Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan

Susanne’s Review: Absolutely Unreal. Affecting, Enthralling, Tragic, Traumatic. In a quiet picturesque community on Long Island, new residents from Brooklyn move in. As soon as they arrive, it’s immediately clear to the current residents of ‘Maple Street’ that the Wilde’s simply don’t fit in. Gertie is a former Pageant Queen and her husband Arlo, isContinue reading “Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan”