Book Review: The Secret River

The Secret River
byKate Grenville
Fascinating novel about a London family who are deported to New South Wales for stealing a load of wood. They soon make a home for themselves there, with William Thornhill growing corn and transporting other people’s crops and products to Sydney on his boat. The author gives the reader a sense of what it means to be a pioneer in an alien environment and the courage and hope it demands. The story was inspired by the author’s search for her convict ancestor.
Kathy Carter

Book Review: The White Tiger

The White Tiger
Aravind Adiga
Balram Halwai comes from the impoverished village of Laxmangarh, in India. He secures a job chauffeuring a rich landlord’s nephew around Delhi. Balram tells his story through a series of letters written over seven nights to the Chinese premier who is expected to visit India. We see the story through his eyes and we know right from the beginning that he has killed his employer, his master. He then takes the money that was intended for bribing Indian officials and uses it as a nest egg for his own entrepreneurial activities. Balram is a clever and resourceful narrator with a witty and sarcastic edge that endears him to readers, even as he rails about corruption, allows himself to be defiled by his bosses, spews coarse invective and eventually profits from moral ambiguity and outright criminality. Even when does bad things, we can’t help but pull for him. 2008 Man Booker Award Winner
February 18, 2009 12:16 PM

Book Review: Blossom Street Series

Linda said...
I read the entire Blossom Street series by Debbie Macomber over the course of a couple of months. I loved all of the books but the first one was my favorite. Check them out! The Shop on Blossom Street A Good Yarn Back on Blossom Street Twenty Wishes
I hear the next one will be out this summer, I can't wait!