Subtle Differences

June 27, 2015

Seems I’ve been on a reading binge about Nazis and death and dying.  No surprise that I’m suffering a bit from a case of depression and inability to get moving.  I hate it when I get in this kind of rut.

Did you know that I’ve listed a short story on my Amazon page?  Just search for Subtle Differences by Tamara Merrill.  Enjoy.

Before I go – Colleen Oakley – a very formula book about a dying wife and her search for a replacement wife for her husband.  Oakley writes great dialogue and her heroine Daisy is  lovable, funny and understandably angry.  It’s just that this is a story that has been done too often in the recent past.  ***

The Plum Tree – Ellen Marie Wisemen – Written from the viewpoint of a young German girl this book about WWII is slightly different but not different enough.  It does show a different perspective on the American occupation.  If you like novels about love in wartime you’ll most likely enjoy this book.  **

The Fragile World – Paula Treick DeBoard – Living in Sacramento, CA the Kaufman’s are a “normal” family.  As normal as they can be when the oldest child is a child prodigy and the father comes from a very dysfunctional family and the mother is outgoing, talented and full of fun.  With that kind of foreshadowing you know that things are bound to go wrong and they do from the first pages on when you learn that the favorite child – the prodigy – has been killed in a senseless accident and only the mother is moving forward.  I didn’t have a lot of sympathy for the father and daughter and I hated the ending – but – it was well written and will provoke some great discussions!  ****

Secrets of a Charmed Life – Susan Mieser – I liked it this book.  It used the familiar “elderly woman telling her story” method to reveal the truth about sisters separated in London when the Biltz begins.  Miesner’s books are always enjoyable and this one tells a deeper tale than some of the others do.  I enjoyed it and think it would be a good book club read. ***

The World Without You – Joshua Henkin – The death of child must be a terrible thing.  This story unfolds over the July 4th, 2005 weekend as the family prepares for and endures the one year memorial unveiling service for their son/brother/husband. It takes a look at family dynamics, love, loss, anger.  The affects of money on love and while I don’t agree with the simplified political statements portrayed it is sad profound story. ***