I have been visiting the local library weekly lately. As I've mentioned this library really has an odd collection. Most of it is donated. It has a huge collection of Zane Grey and the Harlequin romance section is overwhelming.
But amidst all that.
and romantic influence
I have found a few really good authors, which I think I should tout.
I am a little concerned for the taste of the county I live in , but then again…. these are "classics" of a sort.
The first Author I have really liked lately is Edwidge Danticat. Edwidge is a woman, originally born and raised partly in Haiti. She now lives, I believe in NYC.
I read her book, The Farming of the Bones. In this book Danticat creates a fictionalized retelling of the very real 1937 massacre of Hatians in Dominican Republic, also known as the Parsley Massacre. The book employes a back and forth sort of telling of the story from chapter to chapter. I found the writing to be very good, concise and descriptive without being overly wordy. I really could see the scenes she described, and it brought to life an event which shamefully I had no idea ever occurred. I've just seen that she has had two more books about since 1999. i'm going to see about getting the newer ones.
She is a really talented writer. I did note that all of her books are about being Haitian in a wide variety of ways. I think she could expand a bit. Yup I know write what you know. She writes so well, I think many other topics could be explored by her.
Author Number two:
I picked up her Book, The Condition.
It's a long book detailing the life of a young girl who is diagnosed with Turner's syndrome. Turner's Syndrome is a genetic abnormality that affects women causing short stature and in general underdevelopment.
Ms Haigh, writes the story of this woman, as well as her siblings experiences and the future experiences of her Mother and Father. While this book was centered around a rare genetic disorder, Ms Haigh was able to capture so many family dynamics, that I think the book is worth reading just for that. There were so many little family things that I could relate to.
I also like that at least for the main character in the book there is an essentially happy ending, so rare.
So definitely worth a look.
I;m not avoiding the Men.
I can highly recommend John Hart. He is a New York Times Best Seller, which is somewhat surprising, as I am not a big fan of many best sellers…
He has also won a Steel Daggar award and an Edgar!
I picked up The Last Child. It was a mystery revolving around a missing girl, and her twin brother. The mystery is set in Eastern (I think) NC and describes so much of what I assume occurs when a child goes missing, as well as the usual clues and machinations of a mystery.
Again like the other books I like, it is succinct. There is descriptive writing but, none of the usual overflowing cornucopia of words to decribe one color, or the use of unusual words to describe things that might actually be best described using regular common words.
The Last Child started out slowly and I actually thought I might not be able to finish it. But as I read a little here and there, I found I was really drawn into the story. I also love that the ending is a complete surprise and completely not what I had in mind. While the Last Child doesn't exactly have a joyous ending, it has a solid feel when you finish it.
Well, thats all for now.
I have a much bigger list of books I can recommend you avoid, but that isnt quite as nice!