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The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
The Dog Stars

W S Krauss, February 4, 2015

It's the end of the world as we know it and Hig has found a place for himself at an airport in the middle of nowhere, Colorado. He and his unlikely friend, an old man named Bangley, live at the airport and protect each other from people who stumble upon them and mean to cause them harm. Bangley has lots of firepower and Hig has his dog, Jasper, and a Cessna. Hig patrols the surrounding countryside with the plane to watch for intruders. I don't want to give any of the plot away but things happen to change the lives of these two survivors. It's a beautiful, hopeful story and I loved the stream of consciousness style of writing.
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The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
The Paying Guests

W S Krauss, January 24, 2015

In this gorgeously written novel set just after the First World War, a young woman and her mother are forced to take in boarders when they find themselves in debt and with serious financial problems. Mr and Mrs Barber move into the upstairs rooms and turn the lives of Frances and her mother upside down. But Frances eventually starts a passionate affair with Lilian Barber, practically under the noses of Lilian's husband Leonard and Frances's mother. A tragedy unfolds and the affair is put on hold, as others are drawn into the upheaval. The plot is well-paced, the characters are beautifully drawn and the writing is exceptional. I will not soon forget the descriptions of the love affair between these two women. I held my breath waiting for the conclusion to the story, which doesn't come until the final few pages of this wonderful book.
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Sister by Rosamund Lupton
Sister

W S Krauss, December 2, 2014

What at first seems like a standard mystery, becomes a letter from a woman to her missing sister. A powerful novel about love and family bonds.
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Wool by Hugh Howey
Wool

W S Krauss, November 6, 2014

I loved the story and the main character Jules. The air outside is toxic. People live in an underground silo where they work, live, reproduce, die. When a resident breaks certain laws, they are sent outside in a suit that only lasts long enough for the criminal to clean the sensors outside that give the residents of the silo their only view of the outside world. Some of the residents have discovered that there are lies that form the basis of their existence and are determined to bring the truth to light. But it is a dangerous mission they are on, one that may threaten the very existence of the silo.
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Euphoria by Lily King
Euphoria

W S Krauss, October 16, 2014

Euphoria refers to the emotions felt by an anthropologist when she/he feels they begin to understand and make sense of a culture. According to this novel, it occurs somewhere around two months of living with a tribe. The plot of Euphoria is loosely based on a trip Margaret Mead took to New Guinea with her second husband, where they collaborated with another anthropologist who later became her third husband. The characters in this story are Nell Stone and her husband Fen, who are fleeing the tribe they are studying, the Mumbanyo, who practice infanticide. Nell has a broken ankle, broken glasses and malaria. Fen has a bruised ego resulting from the fact that his wife's recent book was a rousing success. At a government station Christmas party, they meet Bankson, a fellow anthropologist living with a tribe on the Sepik River. He persuades Nell and Fen to travel to a site 7 hours from the tribe he is studying, to study the Tam. This is in part because he is lonesome, but also because he is taken by Nell Stone. He wants her to be near him. Bankson visits them by canoe and the three of them have lively discussions that result in what they feel is a very important theory they come upon. But as time goes on, Nell and Fen's marriage begins to falter. The story is told retrospectively from Nell's journal entries and Bankson's narration. It is as much a novel of intellectual pursuit as it is of the romantic and erotic. The descriptions are lush, sensual and exotic. The book is an excellent and satisfying read.
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