I seem to be in the vast minority here, but I didn’t love this book. Alice Hoffman, author of magical realism gems like Practical Magic and The Museum of Extraordinary Things, excels at weaving fantastical, enchanting tales. While The World That We Knew retains the elements Hoffman is known for, it fell flat for me and I found the narrative tedious in many respects.
The author who penned the #1 New York Times bestseller Eat, Pray, Love returns to the literary spotlight this summer with the release of City of Girls, a sweeping historical fiction tale set around World War II. Despite the time period in which it’s set, Gilbert manages to make this story sparkle without skimming over the difficulties of death, war, and loss. City of Girls is up there with Daisy Jones & The Six as the best historical fiction I’ve read this year.
A beautiful refugee story of hardship, grief, loss, and determination, The Beekeeper of Aleppo reminds us that a little humanity can go a long way.
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle was one of the buzziest books of 2018, and I just knew I was going to love it: the premise is exciting and original; it’s set in a gorgeous British castle; it’s comped to Agatha Christie and Groundhog Day. It had to be a winner.
The three anthropologist protagonists of Euphoria have delectable chemistry that kept me flipping pages, and when I wasn’t gasping at the pure romance of the lines about bread and wine and love, I was busy picturing the various tribes along the Sepik River that King portrays with such skill.
I read Hannah’s The Great Alone recently, and I knew I needed more of her work immediately. Her writing is elegant, poignant, and memorable, and she weaves decades-spanning tales like no other author I’ve read.