Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Love, Economic Struggle, and Small Towns

The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
This spellbinding tale travels between Aleppo, Syria, in 1915 and Bronxville, New York, in 2012--a sweeping historical love story steeped in the author's Armenian heritage, making it his most personal novel to date.

A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers
In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter's college tuition, and finally do something great. Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together in the face of the global economy's gale-force winds.

Juliet in August by Dianne Warren
The town of Juliet. Population 1,011. A blink-and-you-miss-it kind of town--a dusty oasis on the edge of a vast stretch of sand. It's easy to believe that nothing of consequence takes place here. But the hills vibrate with life and the town's heart beats in the rich stories of its people.

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