To raise a child is to ask for heartache and happiness in equal measure and Lilli De Jong by Janet Benton is a reflection on the sacrifices that all mothers have made for their families in past and continue to make in the present.
Katherine D. Stutzman
In The Wide Circumference of Love, Marita Golden shows remarkable empathy for all four members of the Tate family as they struggle, make mistakes, grieve, support each other, and eventually learn how to thrive.
In Not a Self Help Book,” by Yi Shun Lai, Marty is on a journey to save herself, but in it, she may also save her mother.
The narrative in Ben Berman’s collection, Figuring in the Figure, leads to a father’s witness of his infant daughter’s first discoveries of herself, yet it begins in another stage of life—a young man’s post-collegiate drift, aching for the shape of a self and a life that he will come to find in unanticipated forms.
In Beartown Fredrik Backman once again unites a world of diverse readers with two simple questions: What happens when people live according to expectations, and what happens when they don’t?
By the end of Moments of Seeing, readers have met two of Katrina Kenison’s close friends and borne witness to the holes their deaths left in her heart, grieved the death of a beloved family pet, celebrated the son who earned his 30-day sobriety chip and the son who directed a college musical, admired the perseverance of completing an intensive month-long yoga camp for instructors, and empathized with the pain of arthritis and aging hips.
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