The Sweeney Sisters by Lian Dolan

When the news of William Sweeney’s fatal heart attack reaches his eldest daughter, Liza, she immediately calls her sisters – Maggie, the free-spirited artist and middle child, and Tricia, the disciplined lawyer who works for a big firm in New York and baby sister. The sisters convene in Southport, Connecticut to handle their father’s estate and soon realize that while they knew he was a famous writer who embraced ‘male writer bravado,’ they didn’t expect to learn that they had a sister. Furthermore, they certainly didn’t expect that sister to be Serena Tucker, who they’ve known their whole lives as the neighbor girl who was born two years before Liza.

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My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

Before I begin, I let me just preface this review by saying this is a heavy read.  It is likely not for everyone and makes the reader uncomfortable.

My Dark Vanessa puts the reader in the mind of Vanessa Wye, a thirty-two year old woman who had an affair with her high school English teacher, Jacob Strane, when she was 15. The story alternates between 2000, when the affair began, and 2017, when Strane is accused of abuse by numerous former students. As a reckoning ensues around the world, Vanessa wants no part of a victim narrative, claiming she consented to her affair with Strane. The novel explores the mental gymnastics Vanessa goes through as she combats what others tell her happened to her – grooming and manipulation generally, sexual abuse specifically. Vanessa, an unreliable narrator, rejects the victim label and questions the truth of the other women’s allegations. The reading experience is deeply uncomfortable, but is thought-provoking at its core.

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Fates & Furies by Lauren Groff

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Lotto and Mathilde are college seniors at Vassar when they meet at a party and their connection is explosive – they marry soon after meeting. The union confuses Lotto’s friends and family, who think Mathilde is mysterious and averagely attractive, and are perplexed because she seemingly has no past. Mathilde is considered cold, a stark contrast to Lotto’s charming and boisterous nature.

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The Secret History by Donna Tartt

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This book. This book. This book. Before reading it, it was a book I was intimidated by and too scared to read because I thought I’d love it and didn’t want to be disappointed. But, I read it and it’s one of my favorite books of all time. Yes, I ordered The Little Friend and The Goldfinch and am anxiously awaiting their arrival.

Today I am sharing my thoughts on The Secret History by Donna Tartt.

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