Thursday, August 29, 2013

Best Book of the Year So Far: Melanie Benjamin

One of the coolest things about Melanie Benjamin (other than once drinking Harry Caray under the table) is that she often promotes other writers on her Facebook page. She reads a wide variety of books and has a knack for finding really good reads. I guess I should say that the Harry Caray thing isn't true, but wouldn't that be nice? We love ya anyway, Melanie. A little something for you as the Cubs season winds down. 

I think my favorite book of 2013, so far, is Instructions for a Heat Wave by Maggie O'Farrell. She is such a gorgeous writer and explores so beautifully the minute little anguished details and disappointed relationships that can build up in even the most apparently loving, normal families. Her latest takes place during a heat wave in Great Britain in 1976; a placid, seemingly unexceptional father of an Irish family takes a walk and doesn't come back, and this act sets in motion the revelation of both long-held secrets and unexpected acts of compassion within his family.

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