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The news from Haiti is invariably bad. It spotlights corrupt and brutal politicians, frequent coups and regular interventions by foreign powers — usually the United States. Recently, there was the 2010 earthquake that devastated the country, leaving hundreds of thousands homeless and trailing cholera in its wake.
Indira Ganesan's "Sweet as Honey" could be said to be about marriage, but like Virginia Woolf's "To the Lighthouse," which supplies this novel's epigraphs, it is also about love and families and, ultimately, about the passage of time and the ways we experience it.
Coming-of-age novels can be simultaneously enticing and boringly ho-hum. They entice because most readers already have come of age and can be charmed by reliving or reviewing the experience.
'Terrible" rarely modifies "privacy" because we usually think of privacy as highly desirable and hard to achieve. But for Max, the central character of Jonathan Coe's novel "The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim," privacy is rather harrowing.
As its title implies, "World and Town" links the immediate with the long-term by tying the lives of people in the little New England community of Riverlake to those who live - or lived - in distant, seemingly unconnected, places.
In "The Hand That First Held Mine," Maggie O'Farrell's subject is situation rather than character. The situations she writes about are the life-changing experience of becoming a mother and the effect of emotional trauma on memory.
''Impatient With Desire" is definitely not a quick read, though it is not a long book, nor is Gabrielle Burton's style dense or difficult. It's the subject matter that slows the reader down. The history of the Donner party daunts everyone.
No wonder the Tudor period of English history fascinates readers. It has everything: a tyrannical king with six wives, menaced - and menacing - princesses determined to sit on the throne, wily politicians to aid them, and new ideas to foster and justify their ambitions. Chief of these were new ideas about religion.
Brooke Newman's memoir "Jenniemae and James" records her life from the late-1940s to mid-1960s, when she was growing up in Washington, D.C. with her parents and their black servant Jenniemae. They were all odd, not to say peculiar and certainly unpredictable, so her account of their doings is often sad, but also sometimes comical and never less than fascinating.