You Were Made for This by Michelle Sacks

38905969Title: You Were Made for This

Author: Michelle Sacks

Pub Date: June 28th, 2018

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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A bold, sharp, gripping debut about a couple whose perfect life in the Swedish countryside is not what it seems…

In an idyllic house in a Swedish wood, Merry and her husband are building their new dream life with their young baby, far away from events that overshadowed their old life in New York. And they’re happy, aren’t they? Blissfully, blissfully happy.

When Merry’s childhood friend Frances comes to stay, Frances barely recognises her old friend Merry, pureeing baby food, baking, living the Swedish dream. But little by little, cracks begin to show in her carefully constructed fairy tale. And Frances starts to see things others might miss. Dark and treacherous things.

And then a terrible tragedy unfolds…

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Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

28214365Title: Commonwealth

Author: Ann Patchett

Pub Date: September 13th, 2016

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.

Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them.

When, in her twenties, Franny begins an affair with the legendary author Leon Posen and tells him about her family, the story of her siblings is no longer hers to control. Their childhood becomes the basis for his wildly successful book, ultimately forcing them to come to terms with their losses, their guilt, and the deeply loyal connection they feel for one another.

Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. It is a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together.

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The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

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Title: The Things We Wish Were True

Author: Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

Pub Date: September 1st, 2016

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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In an idyllic small-town neighborhood, a near tragedy triggers a series of dark revelations.

From the outside, Sycamore Glen, North Carolina, might look like the perfect all-American neighborhood. But behind the white picket fences lies a web of secrets that reach from house to house.

Up and down the streets, neighbors quietly bear the weight of their own pasts—until an accident at the community pool upsets the delicate equilibrium. And when tragic circumstances compel a woman to return to Sycamore Glen after years of self-imposed banishment, the tangle of the neighbors’ intertwined lives begins to unravel.

During the course of a sweltering summer, long-buried secrets are revealed, and the neighbors learn that it’s impossible to really know those closest to us. But is it impossible to love and forgive them?

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The Man Booker Prize 2016: What I read

longlist-sticker2016On 27th July Man Booker Prize announced 2016 longlist! I always check out the long list of this prize, and I try to read books from the list, at least the winner. Let’s have a look at books I already read from the long list, and which books were on my TBR list before the announcement, and which I am adding to my TBR.

 

2016 Man Booker Dozen (source

The 2016 longlist, or Man Booker ‘Dozen’, of 13 novels, is:

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Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

emma straubTitle: Modern Lovers

Author: Emma Straub

Pub Dates: US May 31, 2016 | UK June 30, 2016

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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If you are looking for an easy summer read – don’t be bother by my review. Because if you are looking for an easy breezy read for a beach – this is your choice. The story takes place during the summer, and it just adds this nice feeling to a summer reading. You might even find this book humorous, like the book blurb is trying to convince us, but don’t expect laugh-out-loud humour. Plus, the cover is a beauty and will coordinate with your swimsuit perfectly!

I finished this book so angry! And it’s not the good kind of angry that happens when you upset because author messed with your head and now you don’t know what to do with your life after finishing the book. It was the wrong kind of angry. The whole time I was being fooled into thinking that this life exists and that this book shows some deeper meaning into the life of family, that it demonstrates how life might look like when troubles appear. But there is no way that all the stuff that happened in the book could happen in real life like that. I refuse to believe it. And because of that, I felt cheated.

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All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

all is not forgottenTitle: All Is Not Forgotten

Author: Wendy Walker

Pub Date: July 12th, 2016

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Rating:  ★★★★☆

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Wow, this is the book to read right now! I suspect that this will be a new ‘Gone Girl’ in a sense that a lot of people will try to duplicate this story in a different way, will try to create this new kind of narrator.

The story starts with a mysterious narrator telling us a story that shattered lives of Kramer’s family and deeply disturbed life in a small town of Fairview. One night, during a party a teenage girl is brutally raped. And in hours after this attack, she is given a controversial new treatment – the treatment. Thanks to a pill she will forget all about the trauma, she won’t remember what happened to her, she won’t have to deal with possible PTSD of the attack, won’t have a flashback, she won’t have to deal with horrors of being a rape victim. She will forget it all. But the treatment doesn’t do its magic. She doesn’t remember what happened to her, but she still feels wrong, her body remembers the attack. She struggles emotionally and finally her problems are recognised, and she and her party start therapy. Therapy that will help Jenny remember what happened and eventually help her to deal with it, therapy that will hep Tom work out his obsession with finding the perpetrator, and Charlotte help deal with her secrets.  Continue reading

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The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang

9780544734098_aaf79Title: The Wangs vs. the World

Author: Jade Chang

Pub Date: October 4th, 2016

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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I thought I would really like this book. The blurb made the story sound so promising. It was supposed to be some hilarious novel, ‘hysterically funny from the first page’. I have a different sense of humour than guys at the book’s publishing house. It was ok, the humour in it was a bit embarrassing, not funny. The story was a bit too ‘jumpy’ for me, a lot was happening and the plot line was a bit blurry. And there is a lot of events packed into the story which are not necessary needed to be in the book… It just didn’t hold together very well.

It is a story of Wang family, a story of immigrants, of riches to rags. Charles Wang came to America and lived his American dream. He becomes a wealthy man building a cosmetic empire, married a pretty model and had three children. Charles remarried later, to Barbra (also immigrant, she named herself after Barbra Streisand), when his first wife died in a helicopter accident that he survived. Now he has to face bankruptcy. His whole cosmetic empire is being repossessed, and he has nothing left. So he packs his family and embarks on a road trip across the States to upstate New York where his oldest daughter is living. All this time he has the plan to come back to China and reclaim his ancestor land that was taken from them by Communists.

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