The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters

Set in post-WWII England, Sarah Waters’s The Little Stranger (Riverhead, $16) starts with Dr. Faraday’s house-call to the old country estate, Hundreds Hall, to tend to the family’s ill maid. The maid’s real complaint is not her health but the rambling and dilapidated house, which shows signs of supernatural goings-on: mysterious wall markings, soft taps across the floors of deserted rooms, shifting objects, bruises and scrapes suffered by its occupants. As these preternatural occurrences grow more violent, they’re echoed in the social turmoil of the changing world outside the estate. Waters’s beautiful prose and masterful control of her material deepen the chill of this accomplished Gothic novel.

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ISBN: 9781594484469
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 4th, 2010

Trouble - Kate Christensen

Josie is bored. Her marriage has soured and she’s ready for something different and better. Her best friend, Raquel, is a recovering addict and has-been rock-star whose relationship with a man half her age has exploded all over the blogosphere. Fragile and devastated, Raquel persuades Josie to escape to Mexico City with her for a week of relaxation, tequila, and lurid sexual encounters. In Trouble (Anchor, $15), Kate Christensen’s women find freedom South of the border as they redefine themselves in their middle age. Not content to sit back with tea and a bad novel as their bosoms and bottoms sag, these women absolutely love their mid-life crisis.

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ISBN: 9780307390943
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Published: Anchor - June 1st, 2010

For You Mom, Finally - Ruth Reichl

In For You, Mom, Finally (Penguin, $13), food critic and writer Ruth Reichl shares the lifelong regrets that dogged her mother, Mim. After her mother’s death, Reichl reads Mim’s letters and personal notes and discovers the deep remorse that had long plagued her. Instead of pursuing a fulfilling career, Mim buckled under parental and societal pressure to marry and raise a family. Mim’s depression is also the malaise of a generation of middle-class women who glimpsed during WWII the freedom and independence available in work outside the home, but who were forced back into domesticity immediately after the war. Reichl presents Mim’s unhappiness with generosity and warmth. For You, Mom, Finally is a touching book that recognizes a mother’s sacrifices and her hope that her daughter would not face the same limitations.

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ISBN: 9780143117346
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Published: Penguin Books - April 6th, 2010