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A Dual Inheritance

 by Joanna Hershon

A sweeping novel of the lives of two very different men, in background and temperament, who meet as students at Harvard in the early 1960’s. Bold and outspoken Ed Cantowitz is from working class Dorchester and strives to climb the economic and social ladder. Hugh Shipley on the other hand is from a wealthy Boston family, already perched at the top of his social class, he is a budding photographer with a penchant for whisky. Their paths converge and then part as the choices each of them make take unexpected tolls on each of their lives. Love, family, tragedy and social class distinction converge in a series of twists of fate in this lush novel.ibg.common.titledetail.imageloader

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“Enchantments” by Kathryn Harrison

 

 

This latest gem from best-selling author Harrison is like peering into a Faberge egg. Our narrator is the daughter of the infamous Rasputin, confidant and suspected puppet-master of the Tsarina and her family, supposedly influencing the history of Russia. When the ‘un-killable’ Rasputin is finally murdered, his two daughters are sent to the Romanovs as the Tsarina believes that his daughter Masha has inherited his healing powers and hopes that she may heal hemophiliac Alexei. Masha and Alexei develop a very close relationship during their shared exile in Tsarskoe Selo.
This historical literary novel is a fascinating look into the world of the Romanovs and Rasputins, though of course tragic..
Did know Rasputin’s daughter was a horseback trick rider in her adult life? I didn’t!

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The Call

The Call

The Call: A Novel by Yannick Murphy

This amazing book is written in the rhythms of the everyday life of a rural veterinarian in New England. It is arranged by the seasons of his life, his family’s life and the nature that surrounds them. The Call refers to each call that is made to him from the surrounding countryside to doctor the animals, or put them down. And what he thinks of on his drive back home, his kid’s response to his return and his wife’s, and what she’s cooked for dinner. It is funny and sad, and beautifully crafted.

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Swim Back to Me

  • Swim Back to Me

This beautifully written book is a collection of stories that all have the common theme of loss. The author, Ann Packer, has, in heartrendingly realistic prose,  captured the feelings of loss and regret that we all face in our lives. This book will stay with you long after the last page is turned. You will wonder what happened to these characters and the author knows it is best left to the reader’s imagination. Highly recommended!

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