Monday, September 14, 2015

This week's flashback recommendations

#2 in the series of Flashback Review:

When she Woke by Hillary Jordan:
A dystopian novel similar to a Handmaid's Tale, where women have very little rights and the puritanical have taken over.  Great writing and such a different book than her first, Mudbound, that it blew me away.

Roseflower Creek by Jackie Lee Miles:
The first chapter horrifies you.  The rest of the book surrounding this abused child horrifies you.  Yet the child warms your heart and you cannot put the book down.  Beautifully written, I was sore from tension while reading it. 

One Hundred and Four Horses by Mandy Retzlaff:
A wonderful true story of Mandy and her family's escape from Zimbabwe during the turbulence there, somehow finding themselves taking 104 horses with them that were left behind by their neighbors as they fled.  While everyone left quickly, their family chose to foot it across rough terrain and desert with these beautiful and helpless animals.  

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward:
A rough, tough and wonderful story about an incredibly poor family's survival before and during Hurricane Katrina.  This novel shows the very rough side to being at the poverty line, but brings forth the human strength and determination that they possess at the same time.  Absolutely gripping novel.