|'...sparkling with diamond sharp wit and observation, glowing with the warmth of her characters, multifaceted, flawed, resilient humanity.'|
Digging to America by Anne Tyler is a novel about belonging and otherness, about insiders and outsiders, pride and prejudice, young love and unexpected old love, families and the impossibility of ever getting it right, about striving for connection and goodness against all the odds. The end catches you by the throat, ambushes your emotions when you least expect it, as only Tyler can.
In 1997 two very different families await the airport arrival of two adopted Korean babies. Brad and Bitsy Donaldson are Baltimore locals complete with a full set of grandparents and various relatives. The other couple are the Yazdans, pretty, nervous Ziba and carefully assimilated Sami, with his elegant, elusive Iranian-born widowed mother Maryam. The couples decide to have a party each year to celebrate the anniversary of the arrival of their babies, with ever increasing competition. Full of achingly hilarious moments and toe-curling misunderstandings this is sure to be a great read.
|'A heartbreaking, laugh-out-loud, roller coaster' Sunday Express|
The one plus one by Jojo Moyes is about one eternal optimist, Jess Thomas, plus one lost stranger, Ed Nichols, which equals a chance encounter....
Jess has two kids and two jobs and never enough money. And when life knock her down she does her best to bounce right back. But sometimes their are challenges even she can't meet on her own.
Ed Nichols is the good guy gone bad. He had it all then one mistake cost him everything.
Ed doesn't want to save anyone and Jess doesn't want saving but maybe together they could add up to something a whole lot better.
|'At once haunting and effervescent...the sure hand of a master' Anne Barrows|
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson takes you to Edgecombe St Mary, a small village in the English countryside. Hosting a cast of characters both hilariously original and familiar as your own family memories, it is Major Pettigrew who is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction and is sure to steal your heart.
Leading a quiet and proper life of honor, duty decorum and properly brewed cups of tea the major develops an unexpected friendship with Mrs Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper. As they find their friendship blossoming into something deeper that challenge the village society that insists they embrace their identities as the quintessential local and the permanent foreigner. Can their relationship withstand the pressures of culture and tradition?
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