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SUGGESTED READING

 

A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini

A tragic tale of two generations of women brought together by war during the last 30 years of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. I've read this book twice. A remarkable achievement that is highly recommended. I cannot wait until the movie comes out.



Angela's Ashes - Frank McCourt

Pulitzer Prize Winner, Angela’s Ashes, is one of the most beloved memoirs I have ever read. It tells the story of a young Frank McCourt growing up in Limerick , Ireland to very poor Irish Catholic parents who can barely keep food on the table. McCourt’s father is always out of work, and when he does manage to find a job, he spends his wages drinking while he leaves McCourt’s mother to care for the children. The McCourt’s experience tragedy after tragedy, discover the shame of poverty, and the unforgiving power of the Irish Catholic Church. As haunting and sorrowful as it is beautifully crafted.
 


Autobiography of a Face - Lucy Grealy

I am drawn to reading well written autobiographies and memoirs and Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy is no exception. At the age of 9, Lucy was diagnosed with a rare and highly terminal form of cancer affecting her jaw. She underwent 5 years of radiation and chemotherapy, and another 15 years of surgeries to reconstruct her face. Most of the book centers around Lucy’s search for love and happiness in a world so mezmerized by physical appearance. Her schoolmate tease her unmercifully. Although I did not suffer a terminal illness as a child, I know the pain that can be felt from lack of acceptance by your peers. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Sadly, in December 2002, at the age of 39, Grealy died of an accidental overdose.



Ethan Frome - Edith Wharton

On a plane trip to somewhere, I lost my copy of Ethan Frome and I was sad until it was replaced. By far, my favorite novel by Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome is set in New England in the early 1900’s. The characters include Ethan, his wife, and his wife’s cousin Mattie, who comes to live with the Frome’s and with whom Ethan falls in love. A tragic novel set as flashbacks of Ethan’s life and his personal stuggle with loyalty. A simply beautiful novel.  




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