Cathy's Current Recommendations
A playfully mesmerizing, meaningful story about family! The matriarch, Orquidea Divina, summons her relatives from far and wide to attend her funeral and to receive their inheritance. But the inheritance is not what everyone expected, nor is the funeral anything ordinary. Over the next several years, secrets are revealed and special gifts are given, and each one must figure out how they want to live their lives individually and as a family. Magical, fun and heart-warming!
This book pulled me right in, and then couldn't stop reading it! I was a bit apprehensive at first when I realized we were heading into Mafia-land, stories I tend to avoid for the violence. But soon circumstances sidelined the menfolk, and pushed the Godmothers to take the lead in finding a way to protect their families, their lives and livelihoods from all that threatened them. I enjoyed it a lot!
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
FINALIST FOR THE 2021 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION
“A relentless exhibition of Groff’s freakish talent. In just over 250 pages, she gives us a character study to rival Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell .” – USA Today
Leah’s debut novel If the Creek Don’t Rise (2017) blew me away with her wonderful writing and the astonishing story and voice of Sadie Blue! This is her second novel and is no less engaging and well written. Pure working-people’s south and heart and grit, with a dash of WW2 and Nancy Drew. I loved the two girls (especially Bert) and the Brown family, and several other characters pulled into the story. I didn’t want the story to end!