Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout @LizStrout @randomhouse #fiction #literaryfiction #bookreviewer #bookblogger

Susanne’s Review: Have you ever felt deeply connected to an author, as if the two of you were simpatico? That is how I feel about my “relationship” (lol) with Elizabeth Strout – I feel as though we are connected, and as though when reading her books, she is speaking directly to me. (As if thatContinue reading “Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout @LizStrout @randomhouse #fiction #literaryfiction #bookreviewer #bookblogger”

Under the Magnolias by T.I. Lowe @TiLowe @TyndaleHouse #fiction #contemporaryfiction #bookreview

Susanne’s Review: Poignant, Thought-Provoking, and Affecting.   “Under the Magnolias” will capture your heart and run away with it. Austin Foster is a teenage girl who is forced to grow up way too fast when her mother passes away and she is left to raise her younger siblings.   Dysfunction runs amok in this familial drama withContinue reading “Under the Magnolias by T.I. Lowe @TiLowe @TyndaleHouse #fiction #contemporaryfiction #bookreview”

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead @colsonwhitehead #fiction #historical fiction #literaryfiction #bookreviewer

Susanne’s Review: Utterly Gut-Wrenching! A fictitious novel about a real reformatory school in Florida that existed in the Jim Crow era, “The Nickel Boys” broke my heart.  I think perhaps it broke the heart of everyone who read this book before me and I will hazard a guess that it will break the hearts ofContinue reading “The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead @colsonwhitehead #fiction #historical fiction #literaryfiction #bookreviewer”

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”