ATLAS OF UNKNOWNS by Tania James

At its heart, ATLAS OF UNKNOWNS is a story about family, especially the relationship between two sisters. Linno and her younger sister, Anju, grew up with their father and grandmother in Kerala, India. Their mother’s apparent suicide is alluded to but not discussed although her death haunts both girls in different ways. At age 13, Linno, a budding artist, loses her hand in an accident with a firecracker.

September 29, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags: , , ,  · Posted in: Family Matters, India-Pakistan, New York City

A DISOBEDIENT GIRL by Ru Freeman

Ru Freeman’s remarkable debut novel, set in Sri Lanka and told in the context of civil unrest, unfolds like a hard candy being unwrapped in the theater, twist by crinkling twist, until finally, after suspenseful moments, the sweet interior is finally free.

July 21, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags: ,  · Posted in: 2009 Favorites, Class - Race - Gender, Debut Novel, Literary, Reading Guide, Sri Lanka, World Lit

I SEE YOU EVERYWHERE by Julia Glass

Julia Glass, winner of the National Book Award for Three Junes, now brings us I SEE YOU EVERYWHERE, the bursting-at-the-seams account of Louisa and Clem Jardine, two sisters who march down different paths. The novel spans 1980 – 2005 and generally alternates between the sister’s voices, both beginning and ending the rich novel from Louisa’s perspective.

July 14, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags:  · Posted in: Contemporary, Family Matters, Literary, Reading Guide, y Award Winning Author

THE SISTER by Poppy Adams

When Vivien Stone returns to her family’s crumbling mansion after a 50-year absence, her older sister Virginia believes she has an ulterior motive.

July 6, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags: ,  · Posted in: Debut Novel, Family Matters, Mystery/Suspense, United Kingdom

THE GIFTED GABALDON SISTERS by Lorraine López

Having lost their mother in early childhood, the Gabaldón sisters consider Fermina, their elderly Pueblo housekeeper, their surrogate Grandmother. The mysterious Fermina love the girls as if they are her own, and promises to endow each with a “special gift” to be received upon her death. Mindful of the old woman’s mystical ways, the sisters believe Fermina’s gifts, bestowed based on their natural talents, magically enhance their lives.

May 9, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags: , ,  · Posted in: Allegory/Fable, Family Matters, Latin American/Caribbean, World Lit, y Award Winning Author