“The world was made up of people putting one foot in front of the other; and a life might appear ordinary simply because the person living it had been doing so for a long time.” The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry ~ Rachel Joyce. Pinner writes: "A good British tale of transformation. A quirky, moving novel about a retired man who walks across England to save a friend's life."
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"My jaw literally dropped when Cecilia read the secret letter. Then I got to the end & it dropped some more." The Husband's Secret, Liane Moriarty. PInner writes: "Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something so terrible it would destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others too. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still alive."
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu, Erin Mcguire (Illustrator) PInner writes: "An imaginative modern day retelling of the Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen. A MUST READ for all fans of fantasy. The protagonist, Hazel, is a fantasy lover as well and mentions many great books in her narrative."
The Golem & the Jinni, Helene Wecker. Pinner writes: "Chava is a golem brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored & adrift as the ship arrives in NY in 1899. Ahmad is a djinni born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped in a copper flask centuries ago, he is released by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Beautifully written story of unlikely friends & soul mates in turn-of-the-century NY."
Saturday Night Widows: The Adventures of 6 Friends Remaking Their Lives, Becky Aikman. Pinner writes: "Aikman, a widow, is too young to accept this role & struggles to make sense of her place in this new world. She forms a group w/ 5 other young widows to test unconventional ideas & strive to overcome adversity. Young widows are those unlucky people who have to make 2nd chances for themselves. This is a story of overcoming the unthinkable."
"The secret & the sacred are sisters. When the secret is not respected, the sacred vanishes. Consequently, reflection should not shine too severe or aggressive a light on the world of the soul." To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings, John O'Donohue. Pinner writes: "Lovely, meditative words from this renowned Irish poet, author & priest (1956-2008.) Offers comfort & inspiration for every day. Explains 'blessing' as a perspective on life that transforms the world."