Leave the World Behind - by Rumaan
A finalist for the National Book Award
for fiction, this gripping novel opens
with a white family renting an air BNB
Long Island home, only to have the
owners, who are black, knock at the
door asking to stay the night due to a
power outage in Manhattan. Sounds like
your typical "disaster" trope, right?
Wrong. It doesn't take you necessarily
where you expect. Over the layer of
unseen cataclysm and humanity's
coping mechanisms in the face of an
impending catastrophe the author deftly
builds on issues of race, class, and age.
Prescient in today's world?
Crooked Hallelujah - by Kelli Jo
There are a million ways a novel can
approach family and community.. Kelli
Jo, in a book of interwoven chapters ,
spreads the lives of four generations of
Cherokee women on the pages of a
truly wonderful book that is
compelling, compassionate and quietly
tender. I genuinely cared for these
people and their hardscrabble lives.
The Bright Side Sanctuary for
Animals - by Becky Mandelbaum
Spoiler alert - if you're a Trump supporter,
you might not want to read this. Bright
Side Animal Sanctuary is struggling.
FInancially strapped, the target of arson
and an anti-semetic attack, the owner's
long-estranged daughter comes home to
lend support. All these complicated
emotions are gloriously handled by this
very gifted author who has penned a
tender, funny and moving portrait of the
meaning of home. Chock full of heart.