Belong to Me. JDR Note: Blissfully married newly suburban couple meets cul-de-sac Queen Bee and then single mom with 14 year old son, who doesn't know his father, moves to town. Given to me by my favorite coworker, it is beautifully written and the emotions seem spot on, but the story is really contrived and ties up too neatly at the end.
When I went home this Christmas I was so delighted to come across this old book, which I got shortly after graduating from university. It felt like catching up with an old friend and I wanted to hug Melquiades, Colonel Aureliano and Rebeca with her bones rattling in a bag all over again. / MH
...love it ♥ Markus Zusak is Australian. His book is set in deepest Bavaria during World War II, and tells the story of a girl, Liesel, who steals books as a way to cope with the loss of her loved ones - she steals her first book when her younger brothers dies. Markus Zusak's parents are German and Austrian. This is in part their story, which explains why he could write such an intimate account of the Angst in a small German town during the Nazi terror. I read it in the German translation.