1) The Mothers by Brit Bennett. This is the author's debut novel and I will look
It was an interesting story about three teenagers who each suffered in their own way with their relationships with their mothers, and how the church's "mother's" continued to not mother these children.
2) The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman. Again, I had read great
3) Wintering by Peter Geye. I just happened to come across this book at the
Wintering is, at first read, the story of Harry Eide and his son Gus who went for a winter voyage in the border waters of Minnesota (where they were from) and Canada after Gus graduated from high school. However, the book begins thirty years later, with Gus telling Harry's longtime love, Berit, that the now elderly and demented Harry has disappeared. As Gus continued to seek out Berit the winter that Harry disappeared, he began telling her the story of that winter when he and his father had gone out to spend the winter in the wild, eventually telling her long-held secrets about that time. The book is narrated by Berit, who had come to that wilderness, many many years before and knew many secrets that Gus did not know about his family and about the town.
Geye's writing is beautiful and grabbed me at the very first sentence:
"Our winters are faithful and unfailing and we take what they bring, but this season has tested even the most devout among us."Later in the book, he wrote:
"Every person, I have come to believe, has a moment or a place in life when all four points of the compass converge, from when or where their life finally takes-for better or for worse-its fated course."
I found a definition of the word 'wintering': "To lodge, keep, or care for during the winter: wintering the sheep in the stable".
To me, that is what the book was about: the wintering of keeping and caring for the history of Harry Eide and his family. A beautiful book.