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Posts tagged 'Family'

The Trust by Ronald Balson

 

The Trust by Ronald Balson

An urgent phone call for Liam Taggert from his cousin Annie in Ireland begins the novel, the latest from the Chicago attorney who authored Once We Were Brothers, Saving Sophie, and Karolina’s Twins.

Annie tells Liam his Uncle Fergus has died. The funeral is in Ireland in three days, and Annie says Liam must be there, even though he’s been estranged from his Irish family for 16 years, after they discovered that he was a CIA spy.  Stranger still is that when the will is read in Ireland, Liam is named the executor and trustee, chosen over Fergus’s children and longtime love Deirdre. Furthermore, the trust specifies that if there is any suspicion about Fergus’s cause of death (a fatal gunshot to the head does sound suspicious), none of Fergus’s assets (and they are considerable) can be distributed to any of the heirs until the cause of death is resolved and the people responsible for it have been identified and brought to justice.  The Taggart family does have its political enemies, though who would kill Uncle Fergus? And why would Uncle Fergus write such instructions into his will – did he know he was at risk for murder?

Suspense  Nancy Picks  Mystery  Fiction  Family

12/05/17
 

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

GyasiHomegoing is an absolutely fascinating and wonderfully written first novel by a 26-year-old woman who was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. It is a fictional look, from a different point of view, at a history and people often written about. Homegoing traces two families through several generations, beginning with half-sisters Effia and Esi, born of the same mother, who never know each other.

The novel begins in 1763 in a small village in Ghana. The first chapters are written about each sister; then chapters alternate about the lives of their descendants, through several generations, to the present.

One family remains in Ghana, and one family is transported to the Americas as slaves. While the stories set in the Americas are more familiar to us as readers (slavery in the South, emancipation, and life in Harlem), the African lives have been written about less often. One of the focuses of the novel is the slave trade on the Gold Coast in Ghana and what the Africans contributed to it, tribes fighting and selling each other to the white slavers.

While the stories of the generations contain details of the difficult and abusive situations of racism, hatred, and loss, the individual characters are very human and each generation lives with new hope. Gyasi writes with knowledge and understanding of a difficult history and of the real people whose lives are a part of it. In the Black Church tradition, a homegoing is a celebration of someone’s life, as opposed to a burial service. In Gyasi’s well written novel, each chapter is a small homegoing for each individual in a long chain of family and events. 

Historical Fiction  Historical  Gail's Picks  Family  Coming of Age  African American

06/06/16
 

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

portable veblenWhether you appreciate economist Thorstein Veblen and his thoughts on conspicuous consumption (detailed in The Theory of the Leisure Class), or even if you have never heard of either him or his ideas, The Portable Veblen may be the book for you. 

 

The novel opens with a couple’s engagement. “Veblen Amundsen-Hovda, independent behaviorist, experienced cheerer-upper, and freelance self” becomes engaged to ”Paul Vreeland, MD, FAAN, FANA, FACNS (he loved the growing train following his name, all engines, and no caboose).”  Obviously, the two are very different from one another, but they are very much in love.  Veblen also loves nature and all things natural, and, in particular, a squirrel living in her attic, with whom she communicates.  Paul, who grew up with parents who were good hippies, does not love the squirrel and is trying to trap it.

 

Romance  Relationships  Humor  Gail's Picks  Family  Contemporary

02/19/16
 

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

AlbomI had not read this well-known author (Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven) before, and actually had not planned to until one of our fabulous library patrons told me how much I would love this book – and wow, I love this book!

The setting is fictional famous singer and guitarist Frankie Presto’s memorial service.  He was a former Spanish War orphan who became an international musician and led a very exciting life. At the memorial, musicians Presto played with during his life share stories about him and give eulogies. Each witness to his life seems to have known him in a way unique from all the others.  The narrator of the book, is, wait for it – MUSIC! Music’s voice ties the various musicians’ stories together to create a fabulous testimony to Presto; his life, his loves, his instruments, his constantly forming and reforming family, his travels, and most importantly, a very special guitar with strings that just might have magical powers.  Author Albom is a lifelong musician who writes about “the bands we all join in life” that become our family. 

 I’m eager to read this book through a second time, as I know that when I was caught up in the story, I missed a lot of details that would no doubt make the novel even richer. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto has been popular with men and women alike, and especially with anyone who believes in the power of music. It would be great for book discussions.  A CD has been made of the songs that are performed in this book, featuring such stars as Tony Bennett, The Byrds, Kiss, and Lyle Lovett .

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Nancy's Picks  Music  Inspirational  Historical Fiction  Family  Faith

02/01/16
 

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