The Burgess Boys: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout. Catalyzed by a nephew's thoughtless prank, a pair of brothers confront painful psychological issues surrounding the freak accident that killed their father when they were boys, a loss linked to a heartbreaking deception that shaped their personal and professional lives.
Marilynne Robinson: Gilead: A Novel, an intimate tale of three generations from the Civil War to the twentieth century about fathers and sons and the spiritual battles that still rage at America's heart. Written in the tradition of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman Gilead was the winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Only read nine of these so far. I think The Glass Castle is next, thanks to my wonderful sister-in-law who is the perfect person to recommend a book. I wish I had her in my classroom to cater to the continual requests for good recommendations in the genre of (fill in the blank).
A mysterious portrait ignites an antiquarian bookseller’s search through time and the works of Shakespeare for his lost love Guaranteed to capture the hearts of everyone who truly loves books, The Bookman’s Tale is a former bookseller’s sparkling novel and a delightful exploration of one of literature’s most tantalizing mysteries with echoes of Shadow of the Wind and A.S. Byatt's Possession.