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On Vacation: Books for Summer Reading | The Reader’s Shelf
By Neal Wyatt, Library Journal, July 25, 2014
Summer is special, being limited in nature and typically the longest span of uninterrupted vacation time many have all year. That kind of opportunity calls for a plan. Here are six ways to envision this most delightful block of free time.
Lucky Us by Amy Bloom represents the golden ticket of leisure reading for many—engrossing “literary” fiction that entertains as thoroughly as it enriches. For those searching for that perfect blend, this finely observed story of two half-sisters, their roving-eyed father, and the host of others they meet along the way will be a treasure. The novel is charmingly madcap while also being grounded in deep considerations of reinvention, family, love, and desire. The narrative of the always striving and love-seeking Iris and her younger sister, the observant and clever Eva, is fueled by Bloom’s subtle yet muscular writing, glorious attention to characterization, and thoroughly evoked settings spanning the era between the Great Depression and World War II.
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