The Heart Does Not Grow Back

As a teenager growing up in the Midwest, Dale Sampson invisible to everyone except a group of girls at school who suddenly decide to toy with him. In an unlikely turn of events, Mack, the school’s star athlete, intervenes, and the two become best friends. That’s how it goes all the way into high school: Mack is theContinue reading “The Heart Does Not Grow Back”

The Story Hour

After being introduced to Thrity Umrigar via her last novel, The World We Found, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her latest book (neither could my mom, who promptly swiped my copy). The Story Hour hooks you from the beginning. Lakshmi, an uneducated immigrant woman from Indian who’s trapped in a loveless marriage,Continue reading “The Story Hour”

The Gods of Heavenly Punishment

When people think of Japan and World War II, the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are probably what come to mind. For some reason, people seem to forget the firebombing of Tokyo in March of 1945, but it claimed more lives than Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined, left millions homeless, and burned down half of Tokyo.Continue reading “The Gods of Heavenly Punishment”

The Cost of Love and Sanity

Alex Carter has worked hard to build her career, and she has her dream two-story home to prove it. All of a sudden, it looks like it might come crashing down: her company is facing a massive restructuring and her job might be on the line, and she and her boyfriend finally decide to callContinue reading “The Cost of Love and Sanity”