Friday, May 8, 2009

Friday Finds-May 8

Should Be Reading asks you to share what books you discovered this week that interest you!

There have been a couple of books that have caught my eye recently. The first one that I want to share is Tender Graces by Kathryn Magendie. I have read reviews at J. Kaye's Book Blog and
Diary of an Eccentric that have just sold me on this book.

Here is a brief summary of Tender Graces from Bell Bridge Books:

The death of her troubled mother and memories of her abused grandmother lure a young woman back to the Appalachian hollow where she was born. Virginia Kate, the daughter of a beautiful mountain wild-child and a slick, Shakespeare-quoting salesman, relives her turbulent childhood and the pain of her mother’s betrayals. Haunted by ghosts and buried family secrets, Virginia struggles to reconcile three generations of her family’s lost innocence.

Another book that has caught my attention is Precious by Sandra Novack, which I found over at Fizzy Thoughts.

Here is a summary of Precious from the Random House website:

The summer of 1978, ten-year-old Vicki Anderson rides her bike to the local park and goes missing. Her tight-knit blue-collar Pennsylvania neighborhood, where children roam the streets at night playing lightning tag, aboveground pools sparkle in backyards, and flowers scent the air, will never be the same.

Down the street from Vicki’s house, another family is in crisis. Troubled by her past, headstrong Natalia Kisch has abandoned her husband and two daughters for another man. Frank Kisch, grappling with his anger, is left to raise their girls alone, oblivious to his daughters’ struggles with both disappearances: Eva, seventeen, plunges into an affair with her married high school teacher, and nine-year-old Sissy escapes to a world of imagination and storytelling that becomes so magical it pierces the reality of the everyday.

When Natalia unexpectedly returns, the struggles and tensions that have built over the summer erupt into a series of events that change the Kisches irrevocably—forcing them to piece together their complicated pasts and commitments to each other.

In this haunting, atmospheric debut, Sandra Novack examines loss, loyalty, and a family in crisis. Lyrical and elegiac, Precious illuminates our attempts to make sense of the volatility that surrounds and consumes us, and explores our ability, even during the most trying times, to remember and hold on to those we love most.

So what caught your eye this week?


Jess said...

I have heard good things about both of these books -- great finds!

Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours said...

Interesting finds - hope they are good!

bermudaonion said...

Those are both on my wish list!

Ti said...

Precious is making the rounds and it looks really good. I need a few extra days in the week (without work) to catch-up on all my reading.

avisannschild said...

Precious sounds particularly intriguing. I second what Ti said about needing more days in the week without work!

Kathryn Magendie said...

Thank you for the mention *smiling* I so appreciate it!

Kristi said...

Good finds! These both sound really good!

Mary (Bookfan) said...

They both look good!

Icedream said...

Precious sounds really good, I hadn't heard of that one. Another for my wishlist!

Anna said...

I loved Tender Graces, and I'll be reading Precious for a tour stop later this month.

Diary of an Eccentric

Sandra Novack said...

Thanks for the plug!
All Very Best,
Sandy Novack