Monthly Archives: February 2012

A Good American, by Alex George.

A Good American is A Good Book, somewhat reminiscent of those John Irving writes.  In a first-person narrative, James tells the story of his grandparent’s emigration to the United States and brings the family’s tale up to the present day.

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Norumbega Park, by Anthony Giardina.

40 years in the lives of the Palumbo family… paterfamilias Richie, lost driving home, happens upon a bucolic New England town that, before he fully articulates it to himself, he realizes is exactly where he wants to raise his family.  His wife and children are less sure.  We follow them over their lifetimes.

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Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon

We find that dogs and people often need rescuing in this contemporary tale with a British accent.  Recommended for the animal lover in all of us.

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The Night Swimmer by Matt Bondurant

Matt Bondurant’s third novel brings us to the jagged and beautiful shores of southern Ireland where Vermonters Fred and Elly Bulkington have won a pub in a contest.  Elly spends her time swimming the frigid, unyielding seas while Fred tries to keep the pub going waiting for tourist season.  But in the idyllic island village of Baltimore, there’s a sense that Fred and Elly will never belong.

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Me and You, by Niccolo Ammaniti.

14 year-old Lorenzi Cuni lives in his mind, lives close to his mother, is ignored at school and wants to belong, so when he hears four students say they are going off on a ski week he lies to his mother and tells her, much to her relief, he’s invited.  Seeing no way to get out of the lie, he manages to circle back to his house and live in the basement for an adventurous week.

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