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Nancy Huston’s — The Mark of an Angel *****

Nancy Huston’s — The Mark of an Angel *****

Saffie is a German living in Paris in the 1950s who works for a musician, Raphael. Raphael falls desperately in love with Saffie while she appears strangely aloof. They have a child together, but when Saffie meets Marias, their lives fall apart and Saffie’s haunted past comes to light. Continue reading “Nancy Huston’s — The Mark of an Angel *****”

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M.L. Stedman’s — The Light Between Oceans *****

M.L. Stedman’s — The Light Between Oceans *****

Tom is stationed on James Rock off the remote Western Australian coast as a lighthouse keeper. He marries Isabel and their life is content until Isabel grieves for the babies she miscarriages. When a dead man washes ashore with a baby cradled on board, Isabel comes alive, but the decision to keep the child has devastating consequences.

Tracy Chevalier’s — Remarkable Creatures *****

Tracy Chevalier’s — Remarkable Creatures *****

When Mary scours the English beaches, she discovers she has an eye for uncovering fossilized skeletons. In an age where women were barred from science, she is viewed as sinful. Only when she befriends Elizabeth who also scours beaches, does she find a like-minded companion. Continue reading “Tracy Chevalier’s — Remarkable Creatures *****”

Janice P. Nimura’s — Daughters of the Samurai *****

Janice P. Nimura’s — Daughters of the Samurai *****

Five Japanese girls were sent by their government to the U.S.A. in 1871 to learn Western ways. While they were raised traditionally at home, they grew up as typical schoolgirls in their new country. Three of the girls: Sutematsu, Shige and Ume; returned after ten years to try to change women’s education in Japan. Continue reading “Janice P. Nimura’s — Daughters of the Samurai *****”

Geraldine Brooks’ — People of the Book *****

Geraldine Brooks’ — People of the Book *****

Hanna is a rare book expert whose job is to analyse and conserve a rare fifteenth century Hebrew manuscript. The book is saved despite the destruction of libraries in Sarajevo. After she discovers clues in the book’s binding, its mysteries send her on a journey of discovery until she locates the real saviours of this ancient manuscript. Continue reading “Geraldine Brooks’ — People of the Book *****”

Naguib Mahfouz’s — Palace Walk *****

Naguib Mahfouz’s — Palace Walk *****

This is a glimpse into the life of a Muslim family living in Cairo during the early 1900s. While Al-Sayyid’s authoritarian rule over his family makes us aware of the restrictions placed on women, there is also humour within the dynamics of the family. Continue reading “Naguib Mahfouz’s — Palace Walk *****”