Karen Raney’s debut novel All the Water in the World is a candid illustration of the bond between a mother and a daughter faced with an ugly disease and newly developed secrets.
I read The Beginning of Everything during the early weeks of the spread of COVID-19 in the United States, and it was interesting to note the parallels between the period of collective isolation and uncertainty that our nation was embarking on and the months Buchanan spent alone, lying flat on her bed, unsure what was wrong with her and unsure how, or if, she would get better.
For parents of high school students and college students, this book might become a bible of sorts. I know for myself with three kids currently in this age category, I highlighted, underlined, and starred several passages that either resonated because of circumstances or applied to the here and now.
The Hard Tomorrow, a stunningly detailed black-and-white graphic novel, ponders over the “readiness” for parenthood. The answer is a complicated blend of politics and naïve belief, but it emerges in a display of hope and audacious motherhood.
Juli Anna Herndon
Ann E. Wallace’s debut collection of poems,Counting by Sevens, is, at first glance, about the wounds we all bear as humans. Some of these wounds are borne publicly, such as the collective trauma brought on by cultural tragedy. Other hurts—those stemming from illness or personal tragedy—are endured more privately.
Hail and Farewell is a story told poetically by an increasingly likable narrator, each small, vivid piece adding its own unapologetically human element to the narrative. It’s a story and an education, tender and profane, about a woman who marries an Army Ranger and signs her name to a way of life.
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