Winner of the Governor General's Award for English Language Literature for her haunting True Confessions of a Heartless Girl (2003), Canadian author Martha Brooks plumbs her childhood among tuberculosis patients at the Manitoba Sanitarium, where her father worked, for her newest novel, Queen of Hearts. Kirkus called the tale of tubercular teen Marie-Claire "an emotionally rich, stirring story of friendship, loss, love and healing." This award-winning author is also an award-winning jazz singer with a range of 3 1/2 octaves.
Born from the short story `The Kindness of Strangers` in her collection Traveling on into the Light and Other Stories (1994) Brooks builds a delicately tuned novel in three parts that pays homage to Capote in its treatment of characters, but stands strongly on its own. Read full book review >
A finely written, nimble book that implies that strangers can be bound, sometimes, even before they meet. Alexandra Marie Sinclair has buffalo hair: Dark reddish brown, it's a mixture of the black hair of her Native American mother and the red of her Scottish father. Read full book review >