The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
A captivating tale, involving a young woman biographer contacted by a famous aging writer to write the story of her life. The dying author is notorious for fabricating multiple versions of her life, and the young biographer must delve into the secrets of this woman’s past to find out the truth.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
This is a suspenseful, dark story about a group of elite college students who study ancient Greek, and the outsider who wants to become one of them. A terrible event occurs one night, and we see what lengths the students will go to keep their secret safe.
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
This riveting book tells the story of Mary Boleyn, the sister of Anne Boleyn--the lovely wife of King Henry VIII. The story reveals the plotting by their father and uncle to gain power to the Boleyn family at the expense of the girls, who are pawns in a deadly game. Young Mary becomes the King's mistress, but is cast aside as the King loses interest and becomes entranced with her beautiful sister, Anne. We all know what becomes of Anne, but it's a fascinating journey until her end.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
This is an amazing story about 2 young boys, friends who grow up flying kites together in Afghanistan, like brothers. Amir is the son of a wealthy businessman. Hassan is the son of their servant. A terrible thing happens to Hassan at the hands of some bullies, and Amir cannot overcome his guilt in the matter. He eventually flees to the US with his father, but later returns to Afghanistan and confronts the past.
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
This book tells the absorbing tale of Dinah, the daughter of Leah and Jacob, who grows up in Biblical times and enters the red tent when she comes of age, to be introduced to the society of women. The story follows her life, falling in love with Shalem, and being betrayed by her brothers, before finally finding her calling in life. A very interesting look into the world of the women of those times.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
What a quirky little book--and really fun to read. It's a mystery involving the death of a neighbor's dog, which a 15-year-old autistic boy is trying to figure out. The story is written in his unique perspective. During his investigation, he uncovers the secrets of his parents' unhappy marriage and the identity of the killer.
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
My all-time favorite book. John Steinbeck writes with an amazing attention to detail. His descriptions of the characters make them so real, you can truly visualize them, understand them, and feel like you know them. There is the jealous rivalry between 2 twin brothers over a cold-hearted, evil woman, and then the story follows the lives of her 2 twin sons and their struggles with good vs. evil. Fabulous read!
What are your favorite novels?
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