LitStack Rec: Commonwealth & All the Birds in the Sky

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Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett Of divorce, Nicole Krauss wrote, “One of us held on to the ambition of the one idea far longer than was reasonable, whereas the other, passing a garbage can one night, had casually thrown it away.” That’s how ending a marriage can feel, especially for the spouse who’s left behind, an [….]

LitStack Review: A Daughter of No Nation by A. M. Dellamonica

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A Daughter of No Nation A. M. Dellamonica Tor Books Release Date:  December 1, 2015 ISBN 978-0-7653-3450-3 A follow-up to her 2014 novel, Child of a Hidden Sea, author A. M. Dellamonica returns us to realm of Stormwrack to continue the story of Sophie Hansa, a young woman from modern day San Francisco who learns [….]

LitStack Review: That Part Was True by Deborah McKinlay

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That Part Was True Deborah McKinlay Grand Central Publishing Release Date:  February 4, 2014 ISBN 978-1-4555-7365-3 You know, I wasn’t going to finish reading Deborah McKinlay’s new novel, That Part Was True, after the first fifty pages or so.  It wasn’t that it wasn’t well written – except for a few beginning passages where I [….]

LitStack Review: Synchronized Breathing by Tara Ellison

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Synchronized Breathing Tara Ellison The Writer’s Coffee Shop 978-1-61213-189-4 After discovering nude photos her husband had taken of himself on his computer, Scarlett Spencer realizes her marriage is over. Deciding to divorce is the easy part. Navigating through the lengthy divorce process proves harder, messier, and more expensive than she expected. She and her toddler [….]

LitStack Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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We Were Liars E. Lockhart Delacort Press Release Date:  May 13, 2014 ISBN 978-0-385-74126-2 Take a privileged family – the beautiful Sinclairs, headed by Granddad and Tipper, and their three married (at least at times) daughters – who summer on a private island across the water from Martha’s Vineyard.  Add in a bunch of blond, [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – An Argument for “Conscious Uncoupling”

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So for a few moments, the corner of cyberspace that I tend to hang out in was all abuzz with the recent announcement that actress Gwyneth Paltrow and musician Chris Martin were splitting up.  Hearing about it made me sad, because I’ve had a soft spot in my heart for her since “Shakespeare in Love” [….]

LitStack Review: Candlelight Christmas by Susan Wiggs

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Candlelight Christmas Susan Wiggs Harlequin MIRA ISBN-10: 077831474X “Hearts… don’t let you lie, even to yourself.” That’s the lesson Darcy Fitzgerald learns in her attempt to navigate the holiday season after a devastating divorce. Since her childhood, her family and her ex-husband’s family have celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas together, but after their divorce, the strain [….]

The Tent by Kealan Patrick Burke

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The Tent Kealan Patrick Burke Amazon Digital Services Publication Date: April 20, 2013 Kealan Patrick Burke is a winner of the Bram Stoker Prize (awarded by the Horror Writer’s Association) and has been called “One of the most clever and original talents in contemporary horror” by Booklist.  But with Horror not really my genre-of-choice, I [….]

LitStack Review: Sight Reading by Daphne Kalotay

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Sight Reading Daphne Kalotay Harper Collins First Edition: May 21, 2013 ISBN 978-0-06-224693-6 Sight reading occurs when a musician is asked to perform a piece of music off a written score without ever having seen it before; without rehearsal.  Often used as a test for musical acuity, students hope to muddle through without making too [….]