"If a friend asks you to recommend a really good book — good writing, good characters, good story — but with no other qualifications, what would you recommend?"Actually, I'll name two. I read this first one a few days ago and give it a 10 of 10. The other is also a 10/10, that I read in August.
It struck me as a bit strange that an experienced psychologist's professional detachment disintegrated when she began to work with a young Indian woman who tried to kill herself. Lakshmi was cut off from her family in India, desperately lonely, and trapped in a loveless marriage to a domineering man. Moved by her plight, Maggie decided the despondent woman needed a friend, not a shrink. Their conflicting expectations took the story to places I never expected. Oh, yes, the book definitely held my attention as these two women made surprising choices that, actually, made sense within the context of their very different worlds.Goodnight June ~ by Sarah Jio, 2014, fiction (Seattle, Washington), 10/10
I finished this novel in a couple of days and rated it a 10 out of 10 because I couldn't put it down. If you want to read more about it, I shared the book's first lines, here. I highly recommend it, especially if you enjoyed the beloved children's book Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. The author imagines a bookstore owner who was "Brownie's" friend and the inspiration for her moon book.