Syd's FICTION picks
A stunning collection of short stories! Usually, shorts aren't my thing, but this book kept me rapt and eager for the next story. Especially poignant for mothers, daughters, and women.
This will be one of the top fiction books for 2021. This story was unlike any I've read before. Historical and personal, it is the story of free Black Americans during reconstruction. It is the story of a mother and daughter, a woman and her husband, a people and their country. Rich, original, and enlightening. "Inspired by the life of one of the first Black female doctors in the United States and rich with historical detail, Kaitlyn Greenidge's new novel resonates in our times and is perfect for readers of Brit Bennett, Min Jin Lee, and Yaa Gyasi."
This book is a trip. A journey. A marvel.
An engaging story of family
This is a devasting book. Every word is beautiful. You'll cry for every character. I listened to the audio and then had to buy a physical copy just to hold the words in my hands.
A mysterious story of a woman's quest to find a mythical bird and coming to terms with cruelty in ourselves and others.
The newest Tana French is one of her best! The Searcher follows an American Ex-pat trying to peacefully retire in Ireland. Of course, he is pulled into the mystery of a missing young man and some secretive locals.
The second book in a series, I loved this even more than the first! If you're into Arthurian legend and historical fiction, this is for you!
Another gorgeous novel from Hannah. Set during the dust bowl and the westward migrations of poor families seeking work. It amplifies the toil, the pain, the desperation that people went through and how they fought for a better life.
A gritty western with a girl protagonist! Sharp shooting, lgbt characters, family drama and more!
The Lost Queen tells the story of Merlin's sister! Great story for lovers of Arthurian legend!
An original read about awakenings, mysteries, survival, and relationships.
A sparsely told tale of the last person on earth, the bear that saves her, and human memory
Tana French is the reason I started to read mysteries/thrillers. Start with In the Woods or The Likeness and go from there! You'll love the Dublin Murder Squad!
You know a sasquatch massacre is going to happen and this book delivers. Max Brooks knows how to turn a slow burn into a gruesome climax.
What I thought was going to be a sort of dystopian book turned out to be a sprawling historical fiction. I won't soon forget the Greenwood brothers
A few days in the life of a midwife during the 1918 flu pandemic. Donoghue knows how to pull you in and tug at your heartstrings with the story of an Irish nurse, her patients, and a fiesty volunteer helper.