by Laurie Stone ‧ RELEASE DATE: Oct. 15, 2016
With an expert eye, Stone finds valuable insights in the mundane bits and pieces of everyday life and generously shares them...
This perceptive collection of connected short stories from an accomplished critic muses on love and loss, home and hope, betrayal and belonging, and the way life and other people continually surprise us.
Treasures lost and found. The ways kinship and kindness can arrive unexpectedly. The bits and baubles—and the people and animals—that pass through our lives, belonging to us and offering us a sense of belonging only for a time. These are among the themes Stone (Laughing in the Dark, 1997, etc.), who won the 1995 National Book Critics Circle citation for excellence in criticism, returns to in her interlinked stories, which, though categorized as fiction, read like memoir. The women who narrate Stone’s stories (or perhaps there is just one) find connection and insight in unlikely places—at yard sales, on walks, even on a bus or at the post office. “At yard sales, you carry away a little of the person, and they are left with your expression as you gazed with admiration at something that was theirs,” the narrator of “Yard Sale” observes, later musing that what she learns from her encounters with people while picking through the possessions they have shed “is how easily I fall in love with strangers and what they are willing to reveal.” Stone’s narrators—whose terrain includes artist colonies, rent-controlled New York apartments, and the exotic Arizona landscape—continually fall in love with strangers, drawn to the musicality in a young mother’s voice (“Kolkata”), say, or the sylphlike look of a shopkeeper (“Ring”). They can coax a smile from the surly (“Hallmark”) or an embrace from—of all people—a postal worker (“Happiness”). They seek a sense of home and a grasp of history, mourn betrayals and losses, welcome attraction, companionship, and the sense of being known.With an expert eye, Stone finds valuable insights in the mundane bits and pieces of everyday life and generously shares them with her readers.
Pub Date: Oct. 15, 2016
Page Count: 224
Publisher: TriQuarterly/Northwestern Univ.
Review Posted Online: Aug. 8, 2016
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2016
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by Colleen Hoover ‧ RELEASE DATE: Aug. 2, 2016
Packed with riveting drama and painful truths, this book powerfully illustrates the devastation of abuse—and the strength of...
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New York Times Bestseller
Hoover’s (November 9, 2015, etc.) latest tackles the difficult subject of domestic violence with romantic tenderness and emotional heft.
At first glance, the couple is edgy but cute: Lily Bloom runs a flower shop for people who hate flowers; Ryle Kincaid is a surgeon who says he never wants to get married or have kids. They meet on a rooftop in Boston on the night Ryle loses a patient and Lily attends her abusive father’s funeral. The provocative opening takes a dark turn when Lily receives a warning about Ryle’s intentions from his sister, who becomes Lily’s employee and close friend. Lily swears she’ll never end up in another abusive home, but when Ryle starts to show all the same warning signs that her mother ignored, Lily learns just how hard it is to say goodbye. When Ryle is not in the throes of a jealous rage, his redeeming qualities return, and Lily can justify his behavior: “I think we needed what happened on the stairwell to happen so that I would know his past and we’d be able to work on it together,” she tells herself. Lily marries Ryle hoping the good will outweigh the bad, and the mother-daughter dynamics evolve beautifully as Lily reflects on her childhood with fresh eyes. Diary entries fancifully addressed to TV host Ellen DeGeneres serve as flashbacks to Lily’s teenage years, when she met her first love, Atlas Corrigan, a homeless boy she found squatting in a neighbor’s house. When Atlas turns up in Boston, now a successful chef, he begs Lily to leave Ryle. Despite the better option right in front of her, an unexpected complication forces Lily to cut ties with Atlas, confront Ryle, and try to end the cycle of abuse before it’s too late. The relationships are portrayed with compassion and honesty, and the author’s note at the end that explains Hoover’s personal connection to the subject matter is a must-read.Packed with riveting drama and painful truths, this book powerfully illustrates the devastation of abuse—and the strength of the survivors.
Pub Date: Aug. 2, 2016
Page Count: 320
Review Posted Online: May 30, 2016
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2016
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by Christina Lauren ‧ RELEASE DATE: April 10, 2018
With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.
Eleven years ago, he broke her heart. But he doesn’t know why she never forgave him.
Toggling between past and present, two love stories unfold simultaneously. In the first, Macy Sorensen meets and falls in love with the boy next door, Elliot Petropoulos, in the closet of her dad’s vacation home, where they hide out to discuss their favorite books. In the second, Macy is working as a doctor and engaged to a single father, and she hasn’t spoken to Elliot since their breakup. But a chance encounter forces her to confront the truth: what happened to make Macy stop speaking to Elliot? Ultimately, they’re separated not by time or physical remoteness but by emotional distance—Elliot and Macy always kept their relationship casual because they went to different schools. And as a teen, Macy has more to worry about than which girl Elliot is taking to the prom. After losing her mother at a young age, Macy is navigating her teenage years without a female role model, relying on the time-stamped notes her mother left in her father’s care for guidance. In the present day, Macy’s father is dead as well. She throws herself into her work and rarely comes up for air, not even to plan her upcoming wedding. Since Macy is still living with her fiance while grappling with her feelings for Elliot, the flashbacks offer steamy moments, tender revelations, and sweetly awkward confessions while Macy makes peace with her past and decides her future.With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.
Pub Date: April 10, 2018
Page Count: 416
Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster
Review Posted Online: Jan. 22, 2018
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2018
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