This beautifully written, poignant novel about a dark time in history really touched my heart. In WWII Poland, a Jewish mother, Roza, with her 5-year-old daughter Shira, seeks shelter in a countryside barn after her husband and parents are killed by the Nazis. Shira, a precocious child and musical prodigy, creates a make-believe world where a yellow bird and her mother are her only companions. In this heartwarming and heart-wrenching story, silence, music, and a mother’s love become the symbols of hope and survival.
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Violence, race, class and region form the basis of Valentine, Elizabeth Wetmore’s debut novel set in West Texas in 1976. In Literary Women’s first collaboration with bookseller Creating Conversations, Wetmore, interviewed by radio personality Pam Atherton, discusses her writing process, her inspirations, and her journey to her first novel.Purchase from Creating Conversations › Visit Elizabeth Wetmore’s website ›
It was at our 2012 Festival, through her masterfully written work The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson introduced us to the epic, decades-long migration of African Americans in the South to our Northern cities in search of a more prosperous life. In her highly praised new book, she explores the power of identity, race or class, that is the “wordless usher…. guiding us to our assigned seats.”Purchase from Creating Conversations › Visit Isabel Wilkerson’s website ›
Newly orphaned children of immigrants, Lucy and Sam are suddenly alone in a western mining town. Together, they set off to bury their father in the only way that will set them free from their past. Along the way, they encounter giant buffalo bones, tiger paw prints, and the specters of a ravaged landscape as well as family secrets, sibling rivalry, and glimpses of a different kind of future. How Much of These Hills are Gold is a stunning debut that blends the American West with Chinese mysticism.Purchase from Creating Conversations › Visit C Pam Zhang’s website ›