Friday, December 6, 2013

Best Reads of 2013 (1st in a series)

I simply could not put down Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl.  (And after reading it I couldn’t stop talking about it!)  With ultra-nasty characters and one twist after the other I’m so grateful Nick and Amy Dunne are fictional creations!

From the moment Aomame discovers a passageway underneath a Tokyo expressway leading to a parallel world, 1Q84 grows ever stranger and more surreal.   At its core, this epic novel is a story of lovers with all the odds stacked against them.  It’s the kind of story that’s made a worldwide sensation of the Japanese author Haruki Murakami and one novel literary fiction fans won’t want to miss.

Graham Joyce’s Some Kind of Fairy Tale is another story where all is not as it seems. When Tara Martin returns home twenty years after vanishing and still looks like her teenage self she relays an unbelievable story about where she’s been. 

J. Robert Lennon joins the list of my favorite authors with Familiar, another novel about a woman who finds her memories suddenly at odds with her reality.   Elisa Brown’s story raises the question, how well do you really know yourself?

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult is a rich blend of historical fiction that explores issues of loyalty, guilt, denial, and justice.  A captivating story about the modern day lives of Holocaust survivors and perpetrators and the consequences of their wartime choices.

Alicia Cavitt
Information Specialist