Read in 2021

April

  • The Duke’s Children, Anthony Trollope
    • Published: 1880
    • Setting: England
    • Genre: Historical fiction
    • Subject: Love. Family relationships. Politics. Nobility (England)
  • The Tolstoy Estate, Stephen Conte
    • Published: 2020
    • Setting: 1941 Russia
    • Genre: Historical fiction
    • Subject: War — Relief of sick and wounded. World War, 1939-1945. Germans — Russia. Authors, Russian. Military hospitals. Physicians. Friendship.
  • Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Anne Tyler
    • Published: 1982
    • Setting: Baltimore
    • Genre: Literary fiction
    • Subject: Family.
  • Dune (Dune #1), Frank Herbert
    • Published: 1965
    • Setting: Arrakis (Dune, the desert planet)
    • Genre: Science Fiction
    • Subject: Life on other planets. Revolutions. Ecology
  • My Brilliant Career, Miles Franklin
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  • Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
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  • The Dark Lady’s Mask
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      The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith
      A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
      All the Living
      Raised from the Ground

March

  • The Last Convict, Anthony Hill
    • Published: 2021
    • Setting: Fremantle, Western Australia
    • Genre: Historical fiction
    • Subject: Convicts; Western Australia
  • A River in the Trees, Jacqueline O’Mahoney
    • Published: 2019
    • Setting: War of Independence (Ireland), 1919-1921; Cork (Ireland)
    • Genre: Historical fiction
    • Subject: Man-woman relationships; Family secrets; Life change events
  • Resin by Ane Riel. Translated by Charlotte Barslund
    • Published: 2018
    • Setting: Denmark
    • Genre: Psychological fiction
    • Subject: Families. Fathers and daughters. Compulsive hoarding. Death. Paranoia. Family secrets. Dysfunctional families. Absence and presumption of death. Parent and child. Murder.
  • Our Shadows, Gail Jones
    • Published: 2020
    • Setting: Kalgoorlie and Sydney, Australia
    • Genre: Australian fiction; Domestic fiction; Historical fiction.
    • Subject: Intergenerational relations; Gold mines and mining; Families; Grandparents as parents; Gold mines and mining; Family secrets; Homecoming; Orphans; Sisters
  • The Beautiful Mother, Katherine Scholes
    • Published: 2020
    • Setting: Tanzania
    • Genre: Contemporary fiction
    • Subject: Australians — Tanzania; 1970s; Interracial adoption; Life change events; Archaeologists; Stepmothers
  • The French Lieutenant’s Woman, John Fowles
    • Published: first published 1969
    • Setting: 1876 Lyme Regis, Exeter, and London, England
    • Genre: Historical fiction
    • Subject: Social conditions.; Triangles (Interpersonal relations)
    • Awards: WH Smith Literary Award (1970)
  • The Vanishing Hours, Barney Norris
    • Published: 2019
    • Setting: Wiltshire, England
    • Genre: Literary fiction
    • Subject: Secrecy. Self-realization. Strangers. Storytelling.
  • The Arctic Fury, Greer Macallister
    • Published: 2021
    • Setting: Arctic Circle 1850
    • Genre: Historical fiction. Biographical fiction.
    • Subject: Quests (Expeditions). Women explorers.Trials (Murder).
  • We Are All the Same in the Dark, Julia Heaberlin
    • Published: 2020
    • Setting: Texas USA.
    • Genre: Suspense fiction. Psychological fiction
    • Subject: Cold cases (Criminal investigation). Abandoned children. Brothers and sisters. Beauty, Personal. Selective mutism. Missing persons. Policewomen. Small cities. Amputees. Secrecy.
  • Klara and the Sun, Ishiguro Kazuo
    • Published: 2021
    • Setting: Near future
    • Genre: Science fiction
    • Subject: Interpersonal relations. Artificial intelligence. Humanity. Emotions. Robots

February

  • The Pull of the Stars, Emma Donoghue
    • Published: 2020
    • Setting: Dublin (Ireland). 1918
    • Genre: Historical fiction.
    • Subject: Influenza Epidemic 1918-1919 Ireland Dublin. Hospitals Maternity services. Medical personnel. Pregnant women. Orphans. Nurses.
  • Missionaries, Phil Klay
    • Published: 2020
    • Setting: Colombia, South America
    • Genre: Historical fiction. Suspense fiction. War stories.
    • Subject: Special forces (Military science). Foreign correspondents. Drug traffic. Soldiers.
  • The Thursday Murder Club (Thursday Murder Club #1), Richard Osman
    • Published: 2020
    • Setting: Kent, England
    • Genre: Cozy mystery. Detective and mystery fiction. Humorous fiction.
    • Subject: Retirement communities. Murder — Investigation. Older people. Friendship. Retirees. Clubs.
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoot, David Mitchell
    • Published: 2010
    • Setting: 1799, Nagasaki Harbour
    • Genre: Historical fiction
    • Subject: East and West. Trading posts.
  • The Silence, Don DeLillo
    • Published: 2020
    • Setting: New York (N.Y.). 2022
    • Genre: Science fiction
    • Subject: Life change events; Electric power failures
  • Trio: a novel, William Boyd
    • Published: 2020
    • Setting: Brighton England 1968
    • Genre: Literary fiction; Historical Fiction
    • Subject: Motion picture industry. Secrecy. Self-realization. Social pressure. Central Intelligence Agency. Spies — Crimes against. Private investigators. Actresses. Novelists
  • An honorable man / Paul Vidich.
    • Published: 2016
    • Setting: Washington D.C., 1953.
    • Genre: Espionage thriller
    • Subject: United States. Central Intelligence Agency; Internal security — United States; Spies — United States; Cold War
    • Other: George Mueller series: The Honorable Man #1; The Good Assassin #2
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman
    • Published: 2017
    • Setting: Glasgow (Scotland)
    • Genre: Contemporary fiction.
    • Subject: Intergenerational relations; Social isolation
  • The Sin Eater, Megan Campisi
    • Published: 2020 Pan Macmillan | Simon & Schuster
    • Setting: England
    • Genre: Fantasy
    • Subject: Funeral rites and ceremonies. Truthfulness and falsehood. Imaginary histories. Dying declarations. Teenage girls. Outcasts. Orphans. Secrecy.

January