The Literary Duck staff has been reading like crazy and we have some great recommendations!
Ordinary Grace By: William Kent Krueger
In some ways, this excellent novel reminded me of an up-dated version of To Kill a Mockingbird—only told from the point of view of the 13-year-old son of a small-town minister in Minnesota, and focusing on the moral and emotional effects on the boy and his family when someone is murdered. Much more than a whodunit, the deft development of the characters as they face the consequences of the choices they make will keep you thinking for days—and make you want to join a book club so you can talk to someone about it. – Andy
Me and Mr. Booker By: Cory Taylor
Martha is 16, precocious enough to want the adult world but too naive to realize what she’s getting herself into when the Bookers come to her small Australian college town. The Bookers are English, erudite and charming enough to mask the fact that they’re usually drunk. They adopt Martha as a surrogate daughter, dazzling her with worldliness and helping her escape a troubled home and a dull teenage existence. However, the Bookers (and their marriage) are deeply troubled, and when Mr. Booker, a film instructor at the local college, makes sexual advances on Martha, they begin an affair that is scandalous and heartbreaking. Sexual but never exploitive, Me [...]
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