Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Infatuations, by Javier Marias.

MariasThe thing that strikes me about this book– more so that the story and the ideas, though those are amazing too– is the work of translation (Spanish to English) it represents (kudos to Margaret Jull Costa!).  She (our translator… we have to give her credit for getting us to the story– like a narrator in a way) not only tells us the story but uses vocabulary that is stop-in-awe-and-ponder-ific.

The story involves “the perfect couple” that Maria enjoys seeing every morning at the cafe where the three have breakfast together separately.  Their warm, loving, relationship helps Maria get through her challenging work day.

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The House Girl by Tara Conklin

ConklinNew associate Lina Sparrow takes on a slavery reparation class action suit, but needs to find a descendant.  Exquisite paintings attributed to the wife of a Virginia slave owner may hold the key.  Debut novel.

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The Glass Ocean, by Lori Baker.

BakerAs a young man, Leo signs on as a ship artist, sketching unimaginable creatures of the deep (and falling deeply for the mysterious ship owner’s daughter).  When they return from sea, he is inspired to create glass creatures based upon his sketches.

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The Engagements, by J. Courtney Sullivan.

Sullivan… tells the (true) story of the a-diamond-is-forever advertising campaign through the fictional stories of women (and some men) who wear engagement rings– and/or the rings they wear.

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Sandrine’s Case, by Thomas H. Cook (and Peril, Mortal Memory, Places in the Dark, The Last Talk with Lola Faye).

CookThomas H. Cook is a new (crime) author to me and his most recent– my first encounter with him, Sandrine’s Case— compels me to go through his backlist this summer.  Each (so far) has been unique and original & concludes with plenty of breath-taking plot twists.

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