If I were to tell you this book is a story of thousands of women across the world suddently sprouting wings and turning into dragons, would you run away screaming?! If so, you will be missing out on an amazing read. For me, it is about the self-actualization and empowerment of women. Barnhill's talent for writing a beautiful story with layers of messages shines through. And, yes, I cried.
Solace is defined as "comfort in sorrow or misfortune." In this instance, the town is aptly named. Liam comes to Solace at a time of upheaval in his life, divorce and unemployment. Elizabeth is suffering the ultimate upheavals of illness and old age. Eight year old Clara's life is upended by her older sister's actions. Together their stories are a beautifully woven tale of life, love and loss.
Originally published in 2019, this is one of those books that continuously appears on recommended reading lists. Both my son and I cannot stop talking about it.
Red and Blue are the most talented time travelling agents in their rival companies. They begin to leave letters for each other, sabotaging and taunting and, eventually, realizing they have come to care for each other.
This is one of the most sophisticated, complex, sci-fi/love stories I have ever read with an amazing twist at the end.
The ultimate combination of fascinating historical fiction and beautiful, lyrical writing, Maggie O'Farrell has done it again. I was confident I knew how this story would go, and then I didn't!
I love the tv series. Phil is not a food snob. He just loves food, traveling to new places and meeting new people and expresses it in his own delightfully fun, quirky way. And now you can get recipes for some of the foods he has tried!
Eloquent, poignant and heartrending are just a few of the apt adjectives to describe this extraordinary read. Lucas is writing to his therapist after a devastating tragedy that has occurred in their small town. Gradually revealing the event and those that follow, you travel with Lucas through the emotional rollercoaster of trauma. I will not forget this book anytime soon.
It is amazing to me that Barbara Kingsolver can write a story that contains so much ugliness and beauty side by side. Demon's life is filled with the hardships of poverty, cruelty, drugs and alcohol. He determines at a young age he must do what is necessary to survive. But he still manages to appreciate the beauty of nature surrounding him. His empathy, his kindness, his moral character exist despite everything he knows.
Maggie's connection to people is hindered by their reaction to her stutter. But her relationship with nature and animals connects her to another world. An exceptional, expressively written story.