The Flatshare: A Novel by Beth O'Lear - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250295637
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 28th, 2019

A completely delightful, charming and romantic debut novel from an author I know I’ll be following from now on. Tiffy is reeling from a particularly bad break-up and needs somewhere to live asap, the downside is, it needs to be cheap. So, when she finds an ad for a flatshare she jumps on it. She’ll have the apartment from 6pm through the night until 9am and weekends, and her flatmate, Leon, will have it from 9am through 6pm everyday, therefore never meeting. However, they get in the habit of leaving each other notes, and find it’s easier to really learn to know someone you’ve never seen, than either one of them could have predicted. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty

Catherine House: A Novel by Elisabeth Thomas - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062905659
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Published: Custom House - May 12th, 2020

"Trust us, you belong here..."
Catherine House is a delightful drama following troubled teenager Ines throughout her studies at this prestigious school hidden in the woods of Pennsylvania. Catherine produces some of the most successful and brightest minds in the country, but the strict rules and mystery behind Catherine’s foundations are what keep you turning each page. It’s not the characters that hold the dark, sensual atmosphere in this story, but the house itself. This house that seems to hold so many secrets, home to students so grateful to be within its gates that they dare not ask questions. Reading the ambiguous ending of this story feels like awakening from a hazy dream, and you’ll be so fascinated by Catherine that you’ll need not to ask questions, too. ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz

Little Eyes: A Novel by Samanta Schweblin - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525541363
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 5th, 2020

Little Eyes presented itself to be a sci-fi tale about people connecting across the globe through futuristic, animal-like toys called kentuki’s, but slowly revealed itself to be a horror on the dangers of online networking. With kentuki’s (imagine a iPhone as a stuffed animal on wheels), a person can either be a “dweller,” the anonymous controller of the toy, or the “keeper,” its owner. Through this lens, Schweblin highlights the present issues of connecting with strangers online and allowing them access to your home and life, and the darker impulses humans can have through these connections. The sharp and sudden ending feels like an inescapable freefall. Fans of Black Mirror will feel right at home with this story! ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz

The Book of Longings: A Novel by Sue Monk Kidd - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525429760
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Published: Viking - April 21st, 2020

I did not want to like this book, but I ended up loving it. It is hauntingly, powerfully, and even fiercely written. The book is told by the widow of Jesus of Nazareth. However, He is not the subject. This is about women who dared to live outside the boundaries of men and society. They were devoted to their faith and to each other, as well as to learning and creativity even though they understood the consequences. If you love Anita Diamant's The Red Tent, you should read this book. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan

Blue Ticket: A Novel by Sophie Mackintosh - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385545631
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Published: Doubleday - June 30th, 2020

A dystopian novel in which girls, at the start of puberty, must leave home and report to a station to draw a ticket. The ticket will determine their future.. If they draw a "white ticket", they are to go off and marry and have children. If they draw a "blue ticket", a device is implanted in them, to prevent pregnancy, and they are to settle into a career. In this story, Calla draws a "blue ticket". She follows the path expected of her and begins her career. After many years she begins to feel unfulfilled and decides to remove her device and get pregnant. Calla is forced to live a life on the run. She then discovers that she is not the only "blue ticket" woman who has chosen to defy their fate. A fantastic read. I could not put this book down. ~ Reviewed by Lori Stalcup

Grown Ups: A Novel by Emma Jane Unsworth - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781982141936
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - August 18th, 2020

Intelligent, quick witted, and insightful delve into a modern day feminist life, and all the idiosyncrasies that involves. Unsworth takes a deep dive into the effects that today’s technology has on our relationships, and what being a woman today entails. Both charming and hilarious, this novel does not disappoint, I defy you to put it down for even a second! ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


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