Monday, December 09, 2019

Six books for a "kinder, gentler world"

Elizabeth Berg is the author of many bestselling novels, including The Story of Arthur Truluv, Open House (an Oprah's Book Club selection), Talk Before Sleep, and The Year of Pleasures, as well as the short story collection The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted. Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year. She adapted The Pull of the Moon into a play that enjoyed sold-out performances in Chicago and Indianapolis. Berg's work has been published in thirty countries, and three of her novels have been turned into television movies.

Her new novel is The Confession Club.

At The Week magazine, Berg tagged six books for a "kinder, gentler world," including:
The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted by Robert Hillman (2018).

In rural Australia in 1968, a sheep farmer recently deserted by his wife is asked to build shelves for a Holocaust survivor's new bookstore. From there, an extraordinary relationship develops. Wonderfully crafted, unsentimental, and deeply moving. I adored all the characters — even the sheep.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue