Summer is here and I have been reading all kinds of books in the sun and shade. I always have a bag of books around and I have taken the ones below back to the good old library as I have finished with them. Am ready for the next bag! My favourite of this batch is The Sandcastle Girls-another book related to Armenia. But, here are the rest:
All Men Are Liars by Alberto Manguel-This book covers a few perspectives on the life of an individual. However, which point of view is correct? Will the true story of this person ever be known? I liked the different feel to all the people trying to tell the same story. It is also interesting the different ways different people know one person.
The Wandering Falcon-by Jamil Ahmad-A short and rather grim book in some ways. The focus is on rural tribes near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border (the Federally Administered Tribal Areas). Not much happiness or hope in these pages but a good read and interesting. The author worked in this area in 1954. I had to Google his wife afterwards. Seems like an interesting woman.
Gossip of the Starlings by Nina de Gramont-This book takes place in the 1980s. The characters are high school students in private schools. Drugs, stupid choices, friendship, and family come up. Not a bad book. Makes you glad you are not a stupid kid anymore but at the same time it is nice to remember what kind of values you had then.
The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian. This book is about the Armenian genocide. It takes place primarily in Syria and focuses on a young woman who has arrived to provide aid to female refugees. The book also focuses on the modern day granddaughter of this woman and her learning of her family’s history. There is one deep dark secret that the grandmother has to carry with her. Yikes.
Advice for Italian Boys by Anne Giardini. This book is primarily about a middle brother who has two other brothers in an Italian family. My sister, who is a lawyer, actually recognized the author as a lawyer she has met at some point. Small world. Anyways, this is an easy and smooth read. Life happens somehow! Glad I am not a boy, though!
No Place for Heroes-by Laura Restrepo-This book is about a mother who is telling her son about her life in Argentina before he was born and when he was young. She recounts an oppressive time in the country as well as the development of her relationship with her son’s father. The son is hoping to reconnect with his father during their visit to Buenos Aires and explores his own feelings towards his father who had never gotten in touch with him after the couple broke up.
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis-This book is about a woman and the twelve children she has. It goes into their lives and a little bit into their relationship with their mother, Hattie. Hattie seems to be cold and distant as the children grow up until you see things from her side. Life sure can be hard.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn-I definitely enjoyed this crazy book about a married couple. The book starts on the couple’s 5th anniversary which is also the day the wife goes missing. Twists and turns keep the plot interesting but it was a bit predictable in some ways. An enjoyable read with dark & disturbing components!