Homegoing**, by Yaa Gysai. 2016. OneClickdigital. 11 Discs. This is the story of two sisters born in Ghana in the 18th century. One is sold into slavery and the other becomes the second wife of a British slaver in Ghana. The book traces the stories of the children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren of both sisters. It is broad sweeping and intensely powerful with the juxtaposition of both families. Beautifully written and narrated.
Claire of the Sea Light**, by Edwidge Danticat. 2013. OneClickdigital. 6 Discs. Set in a small coastal fishing village in Haiti, it is the story of Claire and her father and their life after Claire’s mother dies in childbirth. Many of the people of Ville Rose are close to Claire and her father, and their stories are woven together in Danticat’s beautiful prose.
The Chemistry of Tears*, by Peter Carey. 2012. OneClickdigital. 7 Discs. This is an engaging story within a story. One of love, grief, memory, and obsession that is centered on a beautiful mechanized automaton from the 19th century. Beautifully narrated.
Nutshell**, by Ian McEwan. 2016. OnceClickdigital. 5 Discs. I thoroughly enjoyed this classic story of deception and murder. What was unique, extremely clever, and humorous, was the perspective of the narrator, which I will not elaborate on to avoid a spoiler. I binge listened to this one and liked it on several levels.
The Haters*, by Jesse Andrews. 2016. OneClickdigital. This is an engaging teen book from Andrews, the author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. A coming of age story about three teens who connect at music camp and decide to form a band, leave the camp and go on tour to play the amazing music they feel is a possible, all this before their parents and the law catches up. A tale of friendship, music, and love.
The Nest**, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. OneClickdigital. 9 Discs. A warm, funny and perception debut novel of four siblings and their families who are all anticipating a shared inheritance. While this is about a highly dysfunctional family, there are some universals on the impact money and expectations have on relationships.