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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Our Souls at Night

by Kent Haruf

Our Souls at NightPublished in 2015, after Haruf's death in November 2014, this poignant final novel set in the small plains town of Holt, Colorado, explores the possibility of second chances in the twilight of life. Addie Moore has been a widow for years and her neighbor Louis Waters was alone too. In such a small town they naturally have known each other for decades; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis' wife. His daughter lives hours away in Colorado Springs, her son even farther away in Grand Junction, and Addie and Louis have long been living alone in houses now empty of family, the nights so terribly loenly, with no one to talk to. But one night Addie pays an unexpected visit to her neighbor. " What follows is a sweet love story, a deep friendship, and a delightful revivial oa a life neither of them was expecting,..." (Publishers Weekly)  The novel was recently made into a Netflix movie, starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford.





        Tuesday, May 8, 2018


       by Yaa Gyasi

homegoingWinner of the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award, Gyasi's novel follows two half-sisters, Effia and ESi, who are born into different villages in 18th century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castel. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, ESi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle's dungeons, having been sold as chattel in teh booming Gold Coast slave trade. The plot traces the fates of both sisters and their descendants through the ensuing decades: Esi in America, and Effia in Ghana. Effia's family endures centuries of warfare in Ghana as the FAnte and ASnte nations wrestle with the slave trade and the British colonization. Esi, and her childeren, raised in slavery, experience the plantations of the South, the Civil War, the Great Migration, and life in 20th century Harlem. Gyasi's generational saga transforms 300 years of the Afican American experience into a cohesive and compelling story with vividly drawn, sympathetic characters. " This is an amazing first novel, remarkable in its epic vision." (Library Journal)



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