Saturday, October 15, 2022
National Book Award-winning author Julia Glass’s new book, Vigil Harbor, is the story of two unexpected visitors who arrive in an insular coastal village, then threaten the equilibrium of a community already confronting climate instability, political violence, and domestic upheavals. Vigil Harbor transcends the mood of collective but cloistered worry and becomes a novel about what remains.
In Alice Elliott Dark’s Fellowship Point, two octogenarian women whose long friendship is entangled with their families’ landholdings in coastal Maine, seek to save the acreage from development, and as they do, they must also confront their past choices and find some peace in the present. The New York Times calls it “a novel rich with social and psychological insights, both earnest and sly, big ideas grounded in individual emotions, a portrait of a tightly knit community made up of artfully drawn, individual souls.”
In best-selling author Tom Perrotta’s new book, Tracy Flick Can’t Win, Tracy is a hardworking assistant principal at a public high school in suburban New Jersey. Ambitious but feeling a little stuck and under appreciated, she gets a jolt of good news when the longtime principal abruptly announces his retirement, creating a rare opportunity for Tracy to ascend to the top job. But will she get the job?
Elizabeth Nunez’s book, What Lila Knows, is the story of Lila, a professor who has left her home in the Caribbean to join the faculty at a small Vermont college. On her way from the airport, she witnesses the fatal shooting of a Black man, a professor at the college, by the police, while giving CPR to a white woman overdosed on opioids.
Although her black colleagues expect her to be a witness in the case against the police, as an immigrant, she fears speaking out will jeopardize her position at the college.
Carolyn Ferrell and Gina Sorell’s very different books both feature advice columnists. In Ferrell’s book Miss Metropolitan, three young women are abducted and held captive of three young in Queens, N.Y., across the street from an advice columnist. When they subsequently escaped, she wonders how she did not realize the girls were there.
Sorell’s book, The Wise Women tells of New York City’s gentrifying outer boroughs and an advice columnist who tries to help her two grown daughters who have their own problems and challenges.
Sunday, October 16, 2022
A pair of New England authors have stories to tell about homecoming coming of age. In Annie Hartnett’s book Unlikely Animals, a girl drops out of medical school and moves home to take care of her father. When she gets home, she's unprepared to find that her former best friend from high school is missing, with no one bothering to look for her.
In Alison Espach’s book Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance a young teenager is in awe of her older sister, who seems to have all the answers to life’s questions. When she unexpectedly dies, her younger sister is left to deal with her loss.
A wry, sharply observant coming-of-age story that looks at the ways the people we love the most continue to shape our lives long after they’re gone.
In Kirthana Ramisetti’s novel Dava Shastri’s Last Day, a dying billionaire matriarch leaks news of her death early so she can examine her legacy—a decision that horrifies her children and inadvertently exposes secrets she has spent a lifetime keeping.
Joyce Maynard’s Count the Ways is an epic family saga that follows the lives of Eleanor and Cam all the way from their first meeting, through to their blossoming romance onto their child-rearing years and eventually the demise of their relationship, in the wake of a tragedy that shook the family to its very core.
Ann Leary’s The Foundling is a compelling record of a too-hidden piece of history when eugenics was commonly applauded as progressive social science.
This novel, based in part on Leary’s family history, looks at the outrageous ways our society has sought to control women.
Fast forward to present day: Jennifer Haigh’s Mercy Street centers on an abortion clinic in downtown Boston, describing the day-to-day realities of the people who go there and exploring the precarious status of safe, legal abortion in this country.