Spring Reading Recommendations
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Anything is Possible
by Elizabeth Strout
This novel returns to the fictional rural town of Amgash, Illinois, the protagonist's hometown in Strout's 2016 novel My Name Is Lucy Barton. It is a novel told in a series of interconnected stories, each featuring a tale of small-town life that illuminates a more profound truth. Strout shows compassion for her characters, but never sentimentality. Their stories are told with respect, nuance and a pitch-perfect ear for dialogue.
Where the Crawdads Sing
by Delia Owens
This novel by nature author Owens is set in a cove on the North Carolina coast and follows the life of Kya Clark, who has lived alone in this swamp since childhood. The author’s details of the natural setting serves as a palette for Kya’s understanding of life. Misunderstood and ridiculed by the townspeople, the “Marsh Girl” finds herself at the center of a crime drama. This coming of age story contains its fair share of tragedy, mystery, and grit.
Roberta Yarker Smith
by Ann Patchett
The novel begins with an illicit kiss that leads to an affair that destroys two marriages and creates a reluctantly blended family. In a series of vignettes spanning fifty years, it tells the story of the six children whose lives were disrupted and how they intertwined.