Friday, April 8, 2011

Friday Finds

What great books did you hear about/discover this past week? Share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!





The Watery Part of the World by Michael Parker
Set along the Outer Banks of North Carolina in the 1800's and the 1970s, the novel follows Theodosia Burr, daughter of Aaron Burr, who by many accounts was captured by pirates and lived out the rest of her life on a remote island. Parker constructs a story of what that life might have been, the unlikely man who Theodosia fell in love with, and then, hundreds of years later, her island descendants--as well as the stories of the black family who was tethered to all of them for hundreds of years. Following these many stories over two centuries, The Watery Part of the World asks whether we can ever change our paths or whether we are destined to be defined by our history.




The Unsacred Gift by C.S. Dorsey
When Sissy was six, she had her first vision of her sister’s (Misty) disappearance. Her mother (Tina) said she had a bad dream, but not long after that Misty vanished before Sissy’s eyes. No one believed her, so Sissy pretend to act like everyone else, like Misty never disappeared and never existed. For the past fifteen years Misty’s disappearance has haunted Sissy’s dreams. She could hear the ear piercing screams at night of her sister begging for help. Sissy tries to help her, but never succeeds. Sicily “Sissy” Monroe attends the University of Washington and is in her senior year majoring in Psychology. She has all the makings of a perfect young lady, ageless skin, flawless long black hair, full kissable lips and eyes that are shaped like almonds. She is almost where she wants to be in life. But laying deep in the pupil of her eye’s hold something that she cannot get rid of, which interferes with her plans. In addition to the nightmares, Sissy has found that as she gets older her visions became stronger and more vivid than before. Because of the first vision of Misty, and the second of a teacher in high school, Sissy wants no part in another person’s death. For years, Sissy tried to avoid having friends and relationships because she feared their fate. Most importantly she tries to avoid her family. She has no plans of ever going back home to California. When her mother calls her to tell her about her granny’s birthday party, she is reluctant to go. Going back home was not on her list of priorities, but she is going for her mother. Little did Sissy know she cannot run from her past. During her weekend at home, new developments surface. Her mother has been dating (Mark) for the past two years; her grandmother has the same gift she does; an old high school fling (Chris) comes clean about his love for Sissy; and an unknown girl from the grave begins stalking her dreams. Sissy begs for someone to admit her to the hospital, but she can’t get the words out. Her grandmother is the only one who can help her, but even then it’s too late. Two days after her birthday party, Sissy’s grandmother dies. However, it’s no shock to Sissy, because she knew death was coming for her grandmother—leaving Sissy alone once again. She finds that her sister Misty, the visions, and the dreams of the unknown girl were just a mere image of herself.





2 comments:

gautami tripathy said...

Wonderful finds!

Here is my Friday Find!

Feathered Quill Book Reviews said...

The Watery Part of the World sounds really good - and I like that cover too! Here are my Finds (thanks for stopping by!): http://is.gd/0OMu7M