Sadie Jones’s — The Outcast *****

Sadie Jones’s — The Outcast *****

After Lewis’s mother drinks a bottle of wine, she drowns while they are out on a picnic together during the 1950s. Because of his repeated failure to save his mother, Lewis become unruly and lands in jail.

On his release, he discovers the past is ever present within both his family and his English community that no longer trust him.

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Anchee Min’s — Pearl of China *****

Anchee Min’s — Pearl of China *****

Pearl’s father is a missionary in China. When Pearl befriends Chinese Willow they are inseparable. It is only under Mao’s repressive regime that Pearl’s family is forced to flee China. The friends have no contact with each other because Willow fears this could endanger her family. Continue reading “Anchee Min’s — Pearl of China *****”

Irene Nemirovsky’s — Fire in the Blood *****

Irene Nemirovsky’s — Fire in the Blood *****

After Silvio returns to his French village years later, he loses his land bit by bit because of its neglect during his absence. He’s soon drawn into the family’s secrets when he stumbles on the real reason for Colette’s husband’s drowning. Continue reading “Irene Nemirovsky’s — Fire in the Blood *****”