A few books I've read recently:
Who by Fire by Diana Spechler
Publishers Weekly says:
"In her affecting debut, Spechler raises the question of whether, in rescuing others, we risk ruining ourselves. Thirteen years after the abduction of youngest child Alena at the age of six, the remaining members of the Kellerman family are still deeply damaged by their shared loss. Though the ending is overly tidy, Spechler's debut raises provocative questions about religion, violence and the resilience of families and individuals."
Start to finish, this had me constantly guessing and always wanting more. It's not often that I read books so tied to Judaism but this was suggested to me and I felt wildly inspired upon completion. I don't necessarily agree with PW's opinion about the ending - I believe that tidy within writing can be wonderful. I highly recommend this. It is phenomenal.
American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
Publisher's Weekly says:
Um...I can't find it but I know it was negative.
You all know how ecstatic I was to read this and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. I have to be honest. I enjoyed it just as much as I enjoyed Prep.
And now, to be really honest, I think I liked it more! Are you shocked? Sittenfeld is truly my mentor; she makes me feel as though there is unlocked potential in me and that some day I can achieve some of what she has in a writing capacity. She's unbelievably articulate and never ceases to amaze me.
Next on my list...
Ani ohevet Rechov Sumsum!