A detailed volume that shines a light on a tragic period of American history.


Two enemies become allies in this historical novel, set during the Nez Perce War.

In the summer of 1877, U.S. Army soldiers are in a conflict with the Nez Perce people, whose leaders chose not to heed a governmental order to relocate to an Idaho reservation. This story is told from the perspectives of a drunken Idaho militiaman, a passionate Nez Perce warrior, and a visiting English painter who’s in the wrong place at the wrong time. Jack Peniel is too intoxicated to save his stepmother from a fire, and he joins up with his abusive sheriff father’s volunteer militia unit. A man named Running Bird set the blaze, after the lawman refused to arrest his father’s White murderer. Nicole Lowsley is visiting Yosemite when the Nez Perce attack, and she becomes Running Bird’s captive. All three main characters find themselves entangled in dangerous times as the dwindling tribe makes a desperate dash for haven in Canada, with the U.S. Army chasing them. Throughout the ordeal, Jack and Running Bird both grow as characters and Nicole is awakened to the struggles of the Nez Perce people. Soon, the media, and then public opinion, swing away from support for the government’s military campaign. Debut author Sullivan, a lawyer, began working on this book two decades ago after visiting the Big Hole Battlefield in Montana, as she was drawn to the injustices suffered by the Nez Perce. These years of research are fully evident in the narrative, which brings the despicable treatment of the Nez Perce people to vivid life; she even includes 50 pages of character bios, photos, and period editorials to flesh out the setting. Sullivan has also created a trio of flawed but memorable characters. Early on, they seem like mere archetypes: Jack is sloth, Running Bird is wrath, and Nicole is pride. However, they all move into new roles as the world changes around them, and it’s bracing to follow their personal journeys.

A detailed volume that shines a light on a tragic period of American history.

Pub Date: June 3, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-953021-54-0

Page Count: 296

Publisher: Brandylane Publishers, Inc.

Review Posted Online: March 23, 2022

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The sequel to It Ends With Us (2016) shows the aftermath of domestic violence through the eyes of a single mother.

Lily Bloom is still running a flower shop; her abusive ex-husband, Ryle Kincaid, is still a surgeon. But now they’re co-parenting a daughter, Emerson, who's almost a year old. Lily won’t send Emerson to her father’s house overnight until she’s old enough to talk—“So she can tell me if something happens”—but she doesn’t want to fight for full custody lest it become an expensive legal drama or, worse, a physical fight. When Lily runs into Atlas Corrigan, a childhood friend who also came from an abusive family, she hopes their friendship can blossom into love. (For new readers, their history unfolds in heartfelt diary entries that Lily addresses to Finding Nemo star Ellen DeGeneres as she considers how Atlas was a calming presence during her turbulent childhood.) Atlas, who is single and running a restaurant, feels the same way. But even though she’s divorced, Lily isn’t exactly free. Behind Ryle’s veneer of civility are his jealousy and resentment. Lily has to plan her dates carefully to avoid a confrontation. Meanwhile, Atlas’ mother returns with shocking news. In between, Lily and Atlas steal away for romantic moments that are even sweeter for their authenticity as Lily struggles with child care, breastfeeding, and running a business while trying to find time for herself.

Through palpable tension balanced with glimmers of hope, Hoover beautifully captures the heartbreak and joy of starting over.

Pub Date: Oct. 18, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-668-00122-6

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Atria

Review Posted Online: July 27, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2022

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The years pass by at a fast and steamy clip in Blume’s latest adult novel (Wifey, not reviewed; Smart Women, 1984) as two friends find loyalties and affections tested as they grow into young women. In sixth grade, when Victoria Weaver is asked by new girl Caitlin Somers to spend the summer with her on Martha’s Vineyard, her life changes forever. Victoria, or more commonly Vix, lives in a small house; her brother has muscular dystrophy; her mother is unhappy, and money is scarce. Caitlin, on the other hand, lives part of the year with her wealthy mother Phoebe, who’s just moved to Albuquerque, and summers with her father Lamb, equally affluent, on the Vineyard. The story of how this casual invitation turns the two girls into what they call "Summer sisters" is prefaced with a prologue in which Vix is asked by Caitlin to be her matron of honor. The years in between are related in brief segments by numerous characters, but mostly by Vix. Caitlin, determined never to be ordinary, is always testing the limits, and in adolescence falls hard for Von, an older construction worker, while Vix falls for his friend Bru. Blume knows the way kids and teens speak, but her two female leads are less credible as they reach adulthood. After high school, Caitlin travels the world and can’t understand why Vix, by now at Harvard on a scholarship and determined to have a better life than her mother has had, won’t drop out and join her. Though the wedding briefly revives Vix’s old feelings for Bru, whom Caitlin is marrying, Vix is soon in love with Gus, another old summer friend, and a more compatible match. But Caitlin, whose own demons have been hinted at, will not be so lucky. The dark and light sides of friendship breathlessly explored in a novel best saved for summer beachside reading.

Pub Date: May 8, 1998

ISBN: 0-385-32405-7

Page Count: 336

Publisher: Delacorte

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 1998

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