If I Knew You Were Going To Be This Beautiful…

If I Knew You Were Going To Be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go by Judy Chicurel  The year is 1972.  Eighteen year old Katie and her friends are living in Long Island and hanging out for one final summer before they decide what to do with their post high-school life.  But … Continue reading If I Knew You Were Going To Be This Beautiful…

The Undertaking by Audrey Magee

Audrey Magee’s first novel illustrates how war compounds the lack of choice open to people – including those left behind at the ‘home front’ – and even more sadly, how pride leads to lost opportunities. Set at the time of the Siege of Stalingrad, the novel tells the story of Peter and Katharina, German citizens … Continue reading The Undertaking by Audrey Magee

The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison

Several years after his marriage and his family fell apart, Ben’s friends and his ex-wife tell him he must start rebuilding his life. So, with limited career options, he becomes Trev’s caregiver, and as their friendship develops Ben’s own personal road to redemption begins. Trev is a teenager in a wheelchair, weakened by Muscular Dystrophy.  … Continue reading The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison

Natasha Solomons – The Gallery of Vanished Husbands

It is the late 1950s and Juliet Montague is living in Surbiton with her two young children.  Her husband George has left her – literally, he went to work one morning and never came home.  Juliet cannot divorce him according to Jewish law and so she is a ‘living widow’, left to make the best … Continue reading Natasha Solomons – The Gallery of Vanished Husbands