Multcolib My Librarian Karen E: These are a few of my favorite books. . .
Annotation:Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard.
Annotation:Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life--steady boyfriend, close family--who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident. This is more than a love story; it's a heartbreakingly beautiful story about family, relationships, and the wrenching choices some must make between life and death.
Annotation:This book has it all: fascinating plot, vivid characters, fabulous writing, interesting setting. A researcher at a pharmaceutical company, Marina Singh journeys into the heart of the Amazonian delta to check on a field team that has been silent for two years--a dangerous assignment that forces Marina to confront the ghosts of her past.
Annotation:A haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers--one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent widow from suburban London. A sad, wrenching book. Cleave's captures the voices of the main characters beautifully.
Annotation:In 1996, Hanna Heath, a young Australian book conservator is called to analyze the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a priceless six-hundred-year-old Jewish prayer book that has been salvaged from a destroyed Bosnian library. The story traces the history of the Haggadah backwards and forwards to periods of major religious strife and persecution, from the 1940 German occupation of Yugoslavia, to 1894 Vienna, to 1609 Venice, to 1492 Barcelona, and, finally, 1480 Seville.
Annotation:This was my go-to-recommendation in 2007! It's a truly suspenseful, story within a story that will keep you turning those pages! Two cousins, irreversibly damaged by a childhood prank whose devastating consequences changed both their lives, reunite twenty years later to renovate a medieval castle in Eastern Europe, a castle steeped in blood lore and family pride.
Annotation:Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors. It's a beautifully written book within a book.
Annotation:A masterpiece! The language! The characters! The setting! The story! The family of a Baptist missionary begins to unravel after they embark on a 1959 mission to the Belgian Congo, where they find their lives transformed over the course of three decades.
Annotation:I always thought I was meant to live on a commune, but the reality of commune-life can be far from idyllic. Set in 1970, Drop City, a California commune, decides to relocate to Alaska, where tensions rise between the commune and a group of homesteaders.
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There are so many fantastic contemporary fiction books out there and I find myself recommending some over and over again! Here's some of them - one for each of the last ten years.