Two brown girls dream of being dancers, but only one has talent. The other has ideas. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early 20s, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten.
Monthly Contest: What's Your Book Group Reading This Month?
This month's prize book is THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US, an atmospheric, suspenseful and gripping story of two people finding love while fighting to survive. First published in 2010, this bestselling novel by Charles Martin has been made into a major motion picture starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, and is set to release on October 6th. The deadline for your entries is Tuesday, October 10th at noon ET.
May Alcott grows up longing to experience the wide world beyond Concord, Massachusetts. While her sister Louisa crafts stories, May herself is a talented and dedicated artist, taking lessons in Boston, turning down a marriage proposal from a well-off suitor, and facing scorn for entering what is very much a man’s profession. Life for the Alcott family has never been easy, so when Louisa’s LITTLE WOMEN is published, its success eases the financial burdens they’d faced for so many years. Everyone agrees the novel is charming, but May is struck to the core by the portrayal of selfish, spoiled “Amy March.” Is this what her beloved sister really thinks of her? So May embarks on a quest to discover her own true identity, as an artist and a woman.
Two brown girls dream of being dancers, but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early 20s. Tracey makes it to the chorus line but struggles with adult life, while her friend travels the world as an assistant to a famous singer, Aimee, observing close up how the one percent live. But when Aimee develops grand philanthropic ambitions, the story moves from London to West Africa, where the origins of a profound inequality are not a matter of distant history, but a present dance to the music of time.
Beloved and bestselling author Debbie Macomber returns with a powerful stand-alone novel about a woman forced to start her life anew, embarking on the most courageous journey of all --- to a place where she learns what love and trust really mean.
Drawing on Morrison and Faulkner, THE ODYSSEY and the Old Testament, Jesmyn Ward gives us an epochal story, a journey through Mississippi’s past and present that is both an intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle.
This celebrated, unforgettable first novel, shortlisted for the prestigious Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and set in Nigeria, gives voice to both husband and wife as they tell the story of their marriage --- and the forces that threaten to tear it apart.
A New York Times bestseller, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, SWING TIME is an ambitious, exuberant novel moving from North West London to West Africa, from the multi-award-winning author of WHITE TEETH and ON BEAUTY.