A Book That Takes Place in Your Country of Origin

2018

Mary Jo

This is a sweeping family saga, full of dysfunction, joy, and even death. It’s the fourth in the series about the Quinn family, and although I haven’t read the previous books, the story stood as a stand-alone book. The Quinn family seems like a composite of my family, my in-laws, and the family of a few friends all rolled into one. With a little effort, you’ll probably recognize a few of these characters as members of your own family. I had to wipe away a tear or two at the end.

Winter Solstice is set in Massachusetts, between Boston and Nantucket. I’ve been to Boston, but never out to the islands, and now I’m convinced I need to make a visit.

Mary Jo

I read The Life She Was Given for a book club. It good fit in any number of categories, but I decided to put it here. It was set in the U.S.

At its core, this is a book about family secrets and how they influence our lives over generations. I can’t say too much more without giving away the numerous plot twists, so I’ll leave it that the book was a reminder of both the brutality and triumph that exists amongst families.