Holidays can be full of indulgence and delight, or can magnify life’s frustrations and dysfunctions. From the stepmother who’ll never get it right, to the couple who knew each other until a simple quiz proved otherwise, Maeve Binchy’s This Year It Will Be Different reminds us how similar we are.
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Though Swedish crime fiction is all the rage, other nations have their own twisted secrets. The Past is a Foreign Country, a new import from Italy’s prize-winning Gianrico Carofiglio, details a law student’s slow descent into darkness while under the influence of a charismatic con.
When a former comedy writer for David Letterman “retires” at the age of 28, he moves to a Florida senior community and finds retired life more complicated than he had expected. Rodney Rothman’s experiment, Early Bird, is light and funny, yet unnerving, as it intimately exposes his new friends’ lifestyles.
Stop one incompetent bank robber, and everyone thinks you’re a hero. Then Ed receives an Ace of Diamonds with three addresses written on it. Why? I Am the Messenger is the unusual story of a likable slacker who tries saving the day one mysterious playing card at a time.
The love of jazz is woven through Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. The story of a Japanese girl and a Chinese boy’s secret friendship during Seattle’s WWII Japanese relocation process is told from a modern, older man’s perspective as well as through his memories.