A story of love and loss, addiction and healing. Jee reviews ‘Long Bright River’ by Liz Moore @LizMooreBooks @RiverheadBooks #literaryfiction #thriller #addiction #Kensington #opioidepidemic

Title/Author: Long Bright Rivery by Liz Moore Publisher: Riverhead Books Pages: 492 In a nutshell: Two sisters travel the same streets, though their lives couldn’t be more different. Then one of them goes missing. In a Philadelphia neighborhood rocked by the opioid crisis, two once-inseparable sisters find themselves at odds. One, Kacey, lives on the…

Jee reviews a story of loss and survival, hope and humanity: #DearEdward by Ann Napolitano #NetGalley #eARC @RandomHouse #TheDialPress #literaryfiction #womenfiction

Title/Author: Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano Publisher: The Dial Press of Random House Publishing Group In a nutshell (Publisher): What does it mean not just to survive, but to truly live?  One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los…

Jee reviews an immersive read: #TheDutchHouse by Ann Patchett @HarperBooks #siblingrelationship #familydrama #dysfunctionalfamily #forgiveness

Title/Author: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers In a nutshell (Publisher): From the New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder, comes Ann Patchett’s most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them…

Jee reviews #DisappearingEarth by Julia Phillips @AAKnopf @DBookFestival #dbf2019 #debutNovel #fiction

Title/Author: Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips Publisher: Knopf In a nutshell: One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula at the northeastern edge of Russia, two girls–sisters, eight and eleven–go missing. In the ensuing weeks, then months, the police investigation turns up nothing. Echoes of the disappearance reverberate across a tightly woven community,…

Jee reviews #FruitOfTheDrunkenTree by @ingrid_rojas_c @doubledaybooks @dBookFestival #doubledaybooks #dbf2019 #comingofage #HispanicAmericanLiterature #fiction #war #PabloEscobar #femaleEmpowerment

Title/Author: Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras Publisher: Doubleday Books In a nutshell (Publisher): Seven-year-old Chula and her older sister Cassandra enjoy carefree lives thanks to their gated community in Bogotá, but the threat of kidnappings, car bombs, and assassinations hover just outside the neighborhood walls, where the godlike drug lord Pablo…

A tiger’s wife, a deathless man, Punjabi women & a murder mystery case! Jee delves into two very different worlds with these #minireviews : #TheTigersWife by #TeaObreht #RandomHouse @randomhouse #magicalrealism #literaryfiction & #EroticStoriesForPunjabiWomen by #BalliKaurJaswal #AsianAmericanLiteratureFiction #WilliamMorrow @WMmorrowBooks

Title/Author: The Tiger’s Wife: A Novel by Tea Obreht Publisher: Random House Verdict: Read if you like magical realism! The death of her grandfather led Natalia to retrieve the items that he left behind. That journey took her mind back to her days spent with him and the stories he told her about his encounters…

Jee reviews #HowWeDisappeared by #JingJingLee @Hanover_Square #HistoricalWW2Fiction #literaryfiction #Singapore #eARC #NetGalley

Title/Author: How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee Publisher: Hanover Square Press In a nutshell (Publisher): A mesmerizing novel of World War II Singapore, “a story about memory, trauma, and ultimately love” (New York Times)—for fans of Pachinko and We Were the Lucky Ones Singapore, 1942. As Japanese troops sweep down Malaysia and into Singapore, a village is ransacked,…

Are you ready for something really, REAAALLY DIFFERENT & absurd? Jee suspends belief & reviews #TearsofTheTrufflePig by #FernandoAFlores #NetGalley #eARC #FSGbooks #literaryfiction #HispanicAmericanFiction

Title/Author: Tears of the Trufflepig by Fernando A. Flores Publisher: Hanover Square Press In a nutshell (Publisher): One of Lit Hub and The Millions‘s Most Anticipated Books of 2019, one of Buzzfeed and Tor.com‘s Books to Read This Spring, and one of the Chicago Review of Books‘ Best New Books of May A parallel universe. South Texas. A third border wall might…

Jee reviews #LittleFiresEverywhere by #CelesteNg #RandomHouse #literaryfiction #familylifefiction #asianAmericanLitFiction

Title/Author: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng Publisher: Random House In a nutshell (Amazon): From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything…