Thursday, November 1, 2012

December Book Choices!

It's time to vote for the final book of 2012!

The Call by Yannick Murphy | Paperback, 223 pages

The daily rhythm of a veterinarian's family in rural New England is shaken when a hunting accident leaves their eldest son in a coma. With the lives of his loved ones unhinged, the veterinarian struggles to maintain stability while searching for the man responsible. But in the midst of their great trial an unexpected visitor arrives, requesting a favor that will have profound consequences--testing a loving father's patience, humor, and resolve and forcing husband and wife to come to terms with what "family" truly means.

The Call is a gift from one of the most talented and extraordinary voices in contemporary fiction--a unique and heartfelt portrait of a family, poignant and rich in humor and imagination.

Yannick Murphy is the author of various novels, short story collections, and children's books. Her novel The Call has a 3.68 rating on Goodreads.

Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin | Paperback, 272 pages

When sixty-nine-year-old So-nyo is separated from her husband among the crowds of the Seoul subway station, her family begins a desperate search to find her. Yet as long-held secrets and private sorrows begin to reveal themselves, they are forced to wonder: how well did they actually know the woman they called Mom?

Told through the piercing voices and urgent perspectives of a daughter, son, husband, and mother, Please Look After Mom is at once an authentic picture of contemporary life in Korea and a universal story of family love.

Kyung-Sook Shin is the first Korean and first woman to win the Man Asian Literary Prize. She has written various novels and stories in Korean. Please Look After Mom is one of three works she has written in English. It has a 3.67 rating on Goodreads.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier | Paperback, 380 pages

"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again."

Working as a lady's companion, the heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Life begins to look very bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Maxim de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. She accepts, but whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to the ominous and brooding Manderley, the new Mrs. de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding Mrs Danvers.

Not since Jane Eyre has a heroine faced such difficulty with the Other Woman.

A true classic of suspense.

Daphne du Maurier was a British author. She died at the age of 81 in 1989. She wrote various novels, short stories and plays. Her novel Rebecca was adapted for film in 1941 by Alfred Hitchcock (it won the Oscar for Best Picture). Hitchcock also adapted her short story The Birds for film. I know everyone has seen that movie! Rebecca has a 4.15 rating on Goodreads.

I will be hosting the December meeting. Vote now!

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