The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Publication Info: Published Sept 24, 2019 by Harper. Hardback edition courtesy of my local library. Other editions available. Summary: Two siblings, Maeve and Danny live with their father in a monstrosity of a house in a town outside of Philadelphia. The time is shortly after the end of the Second World War. Their mother disappeared […]

The Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

Publication Info: Published May 14, 2019 by Knopf. Hardback edition courtesy of my local library. Other editions available. Summary: On a summer day in northern Russia, two young sisters vanish without a trace. One witness remembers seeing the girls with a white man and a dark car, but no one, including the police, has any […]

The Courage of Others by James Hitt

Publication Info: Published January 1, 2016 by Open Books. Kindle edition courtesy of the publisher. Summary: Like many women during times of war, Esther Langston did her best to keep their home and small shop running while her husband Marsh was off fighting. But as she and her nephew, Davey Stoneman, awaited Marsh’s return with […]

Swift Dam by Sid Gustafson

Publication Info: Published May 1, 2016 by Open Books. Kindle reviewer’s edition courtesy of the publisher. Other editions available. Summary: The worst flood in Montana’s history occurred in 1964, when the Swift Dam broke after being inundated with rain and snow. Thirty-one lives were lost, all but one on the Blackfeet Reservation. (1) Using this […]

The Year of the Return by Nathaniel Popkin

Publication Info: Published Aug 1, 2019 by Open Books. Kindle edition courtesy of their Book Glow reviewers program. Summary: The setting is Philadelphia, 1976, just before the country’s Bicentennial. The country is still reeling from the effects of the Viet Nam war. Mayor Frank Rizzo is throwing his weight around, doing his best to foment […]

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Publication Info: Published August 14, 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons. I read the Kindle edition, purchased from Amazon.com Summary: When Kya is six years old, she watches her mother walk away. Most of her siblings drift away, too, unable to live any longer with their drunken, abusive father. Kya’s older brother sticks around just long […]

The Pallbearer by Jordan Farmer

Publication Info: Published November 6th 2018 by Skyhorse . Pre-pub e-book edition provided by NetGalley. Hardcover, e-book and Kindle available since publication. Summary: Jason Felts is a counselor at the Shelby Youth Correctional Facility in Lynch, West Virginia. When he was younger, he worked as a pallbearer at the local funeral home.  As someone who […]