Every month, we’re profiling new-ish releases that are getting critical and commercial buzz. For April, we’re looking at a modern literary tale of family life in rural Newfoundland, a charming memoir about familial culture clashes, and a new book in a long-running Canadian murder mystery series.
Emma Hooper’s Our Homesick Songs (2018)
The Connors are, in many ways, a typical rural Canadian family. They live in Newfoundland, in a small town where fishing is the main source of income for everyone. But then, all the fish disappear, and one by one, their neighbors also begin to move away to pursue other opportunities. As the Connor parents are absorbed with struggling to make ends meet, the children begin to find their own means of occupying themselves. For daughter Cora, it involves redecorating the many abandoned houses, but for her brother Finn, it involves investigating why the fish left. Hooper’s novel has generated a lot of praise and acclaim for her lyrical writing style, as well as her bittersweet and empathetic depiction of the Connor family.
Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Kazuo Ishiguro.
Peggy Rowe’s About My Mother . . . True Stories of a Horse-Crazy Daughter and Her Baseball-Obsessed Mother (2018)
Written by Peggy Rowe (mother of Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe), About My Mother is a tale of two very different women–Peggy and her own mother Thelma. Growing up in the 1950s, Peggy was a tomboy who loved horses, something her traditional mother could not abide. And then Thelma discovered baseball, something her daughter was horrified to find her mother did abide. What ensues is a story of love, family, and zany adventures in mid-20th century fandom.
Recommended for those who enjoy upbeat, amusing memoirs/nonfiction.
Louise Penny’s Kingdom of the Blind (2018)*
Kingdom of the Blind is the fourteenth entry in Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series, featuring a detective in rural Quebec. These thoughtful mysteries are wonderfully atmospheric, with a strong sense of place, and feature intricate, interesting mysteries with intriguing characters. The books don’t necessarily have to be read in order, though the character development may make more sense if you do so. Give the latest book a try. If you like it, you have plenty of other Gamache books to work through while you wait for the next one. 🙂
*Most of this series is also available as ebooks and audiobooks on Libby.
Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Agatha Christie, P.D. James, C. Alan Bradley, and Elizabeth George.
What’s your favorite new-ish books? What books are you buzzing about these days? Have you read any of these books? Tell us in the comments! As always, please follow this link to our online library catalog for more information about any of these items.