The Tea Girl from Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See; wow, it was wonderful, and went in so many directions!
That Sherman Alexie, he is way too clever. In one of the lines just past the middle of You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, he says his wife tells him he’s constructed this story like his mother’s patchwork quilts, and I concur. It’s an incredible weave of narrative, poetry, re-working of past, present and future, serious and humorous, love and hate, just, man, a great memoir.
There are works of fiction he has written that I love, consider them modern classics in literature, and didn’t realize just how autobiographical they were until I read this memoir. I use Junior’s soliloquy about “the tribe of me” in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian as inspiration for my diversity statement, and have re-read that book a few times. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next!
I just finished Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout. Like many of her books, she incorporates characters from past books. However, they don’t necessarily have a big role in the story, but they help set up some of the current characters. This book revolves around the town that her last book’s main character, Lucy Barton, came from. I enjoyed knowing more of Lucy’s back story and the important role her family played in the current character’s lives. This book is a great slice of life in small town America.