Waking Lions is a devastating story about the complexities of immigration, race relations, and justice. At the same time, it is about the human heart in conflict with the cultural heritages that influence how people view their world.
Dynamic Woman — Changing Times
There seems to be a rise in books written about the greatest generation and their immigrant forbears. That generation is passing quickly. If someone doesn’t write their stories, then we lose a unique perspective on history. Alex George captures that perspective in his novel, A Good American.
Two small incidents have caused me to consider the value of greeting cards. First, UPS delivered a damaged envelope to my doorstep.
I can’t help but compare Alice Hoffman’s Shelby Richmond to Lee Chandler, the self-hating protagonist in the film Manchester by the Sea. Both have caused misery to themselves and others. Both have had their hearts ripped out, but in Lee’s case, most of his soul died too. Not so with Shelby. As despairing as the film is, this novel is filled with hope.
These days, inquiring about a person’s New Year’s resolutions seems akin to asking how they voted. Some grimace, some growl, many abstain. Not so with writers. We tell the world what our intentions are for the coming year.
But first, a review of the Great Valley Bookfest I ran into local poet Joy Willow at the Great Valley Bookfest in Manteca. I read her poetry collection, Soma Song, a couple of years ago. Our encounter reminded me that I had neglected to review this little gem. So, a few words about the Bookfest, a couple comments about reviews, and then I will sing Soma Song’s praises.
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