Coming in 2019

Here are some books I can’t wait to read in the first half of 2019. Problem is, I’m sure I’ll think of more, the minute I post this blog. Click the links to learn more. What’s on your reading list so far this year? The Wartime Sisters: A Novel by Lynda Cohen Loigman. It’s on…

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Five Books. Five Pages that Grabbed Me.

Much is made of a novel’s first five pages. I love to be hooked by page five, myself—if not by page one, paragraph one, or even sentence one. I’ve assembled five of many books that riveted me from the start. With these, I knew in the opening that I’d have read to the end. These…

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Summer is Here (and so are summer reads)!

Browse any bookstore and you’re sure to find enticing covers with “summer” in the titles. Hard to resist, aren’t they? Reading by the pool while listening to the birds sing is one of my favorite things to do on a weekend. I just finished The Summer I Met Jack by Michelle Gable, and oh my…

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8 Books, 8 Memorable Moms

What makes a fictional mother memorable to me? It may be a woman who has survived a great tragedy, or one who’s made great sacrifice. It may be a mother who has faced unspeakable choices, struggled with a decision, and then lived with the consequences. It may be a mother who has made mistakes, or one…

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A Bit o’ the Irish

One of my favorite author discoveries in recent years is J. Courtney Sullivan. Her literary novels go back and forth through the decades of this century and the last, and the stories go deep into the hearts of loving but troubled families—often Irish-Catholic families. Whether it’s the family matriarch who’s riddled with guilt or a…

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Close-Up On Multi-Period Novels

This month’s issue of the Historical Novels Review features my article on multi-period novels. In it, I share insights from four authors who’ve written new or forthcoming books that alternate between the past and present: Chanel Cleeton, Jane Johnson, Ariel Lawhon, and James Carroll. The authors reveal the challenges they face in writing dual narrative novels…

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Four Books That Staggered Me

Books that take me into the darkest times in history, where human beings treat other human beings with unimaginable cruelty, both enlighten and horrify me. When the stories are told through the eyes of the young, they also reveal pain, hope, and strength in ways no other novels can. Four such books that I highly…

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Swans, Rings, and Calling Birds: Book Recs for the Holidays

When it comes to the “12 Days of Christmas,” might you or the readers in your life like some last-minute stocking-stuffers? Or, suggestions for books to read in the New Year? Below are three novels which shift between time periods. So, build a fire, snuggle up, pour some eggnog, and enjoy the season. Cheers! The…

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When Aging Characters Look Back: 12 Titles to Read Now

It’s November! Yep, I’m turning another year older. So it’s the perfect time to recommend novels that have a main character who’s, uh, “getting up in years” and where something triggers her memories of long ago—often memories of tragedy and survival. Of all the novels that alternate between the past and present, those with aging…

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Atlanta Novelists—A Tradition Continues

The South has a rich literary tradition, from author Flannery O’Connor to William Faulkner. Though I was born and raised in the Midwest, for almost 20 years as a Georgia girl, I’ve been blown away by the writing chops of the many authors who also make metro-Atlanta their home. Today is Halloween, so let’s begin…

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