I’m about to walk out the door for my trip to Cape Cod for the week and I know I’ll be doing A LOT of reading while down there. I would be remiss if I didn’t let you know about these two books I recently read before I go. I wouldn’t want them buried in the post-vacation reviews sure to come.
I was invited to read The Angel of Losses by Stephanie Feldman through TLC Book Tours. This isn’t a book I likely would have picked up myself so I am glad the opportunity presented itself to me. The book had chapters about Jewish folklore interspersed with a modern day story. While I preferred the overarching story and skimmed the mythical chapters, I still enjoyed both.
From Goodreads: The Tiger’s Wife meets A History of Love in this inventive, lushly imagined debut novel that explores the intersections of family secrets, Jewish myths, the legacy of war and history, and the bonds between sisters
When Eli Burke dies, he leaves behind a mysterious notebook full of stories about a magical figure named The White Rebbe, a miracle worker in league with the enigmatic Angel of Losses, protector of things gone astray, and guardian of the lost letter of the alphabet, which completes the secret name of God.
When his granddaughter, Marjorie, discovers Eli’s notebook, everything she thought she knew about her grandfather–and her family–comes undone. To find the truth about Eli’s origins and unlock the secrets he kept, she embarks on an odyssey that takes her deep into the past, from 18th century Europe to Nazi-occupied Lithuania, and back to the present, to New York City and her estranged sister Holly, whom she must save from the consequences of Eli’s past.
Interweaving history, theology, and both real and imagined Jewish folktales, The Angel of Losses is a family story of what lasts, and of what we can-and cannot-escape.
Accidents of Marriage: A Novel by Randy Susan Meyers was one of the better books I have read in a while, which is saying a lot because it feels like I’ve read several good ones lately. I think what I liked most about this one was that it showed that all families have issues, even ones that seem ideal from the outside, and that there is a fine line between healthy and unhealthy when it comes to relationships. I’d definitely move this to the top of your lists (I think I got my copy from Netgalley).
From Goodreads: Accidents of Marriage explores a topic rarely shown in fiction: the destruction left in the wake of spouse’s verbal fury. Ben never meant to hurt Maddy. He never imagined his recklessness would lead to tragedy.
Maddy is a social worker trying to balance her career and three children. Years ago, she fell in love with Ben, a public defender, drawn to his fiery passion, but now he’s lashing out at her during his periodic verbal furies. She vacillates between tiptoeing around him and asserting herself for the sake of their kids – which works to keep a fragile peace – until the rainy day when they’re together in the car and Ben’s volatile temper gets the best of him, leaving Maddy in the hospital fighting for her life.
Randy Susan Meyers takes us inside the hearts and minds of her characters, alternating among the perspectives of Maddy, Ben, and their fourteen-year-old daughter. Accidents of Marriage is a provocative and stunning novel that will resonate deeply with women from all walks of life, ultimately revealing the challenges of family, faith, and forgiveness.
So, there you go- two more books to add to your (if they are anything like mine) never ending “to be read” lists.
Don’t forget to enter my box of books giveaway.
Oh, and I just saw Goodreads is doing a giveaway for Accidents of Marriage. You’re welcome.