The Kite Runner is the story of a friendship between a wealthy Afghan boy and the son of his father’s servant. The novel opens in Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy and continues with the tyranny of the Taliban. This is a story of betrayal and ultimately redemption. Raw in parts, characters are exposed in all their strengths and weaknesses, an unexpected twist is revealed towards the conclusion of the novel. If you are in the mood for gritty and real, highly recommended. 4 Star
The Dry Grass of August
Jubie Watts, her three siblings, mother and the family’s black maid, Mary head to Florida for a holiday. Jubie loves Mary who has worked for her family for years. With her father’s rages and her mother neglect, Mary is the one to bring love and stability to her life. Set in 1954 in the deep South during racial segregation, we note that the deeper south the family travels the racial tension builds, until their trip ends in a shocking tragedy. Afterwards Jubie has to confront her parents’ failings. The author depicts the era well and weaves a strong cast of characters. A story of heartbreak, love and courage, very thought provoking. Highly recommended, 4 Star.
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