I've finished some good books lately and have to write them down immediately otherwise I forget. Then people ask me "What have you read lately?" and I kick myself because I know I've finished a really great book but I can't remember a damn thing... Hothouse flower and the Nine Plants of Desire, by Margot Berwin. I just finished this last night so it's fresh in my mind and it. was. wonderful. SO sososososo wonderful. Magic realism just the way I like it. Please read it, too, and then let me know if you liked it.
Before Ever After, by Samantha Sotto, which I've mentioned a couple times before but now I've actually finished it and can officially say that this is an awesome story.
Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English, by Natasha Solomons
A Proper Education for Girls, by Elaine di Rollo
Commuters, by Emily Tedrow Gray. Also mentioned before and also first-rate but comes with a bonus of the author's favorite books listed at the back. So I got a great read AND a great reading list, which led me to pick up:
Digging to America, by Anne Tylor
A Ship Made of Paper, by Scott Spencer
Went to the library last week and picked up this stack:
Sins of the Seventh Sister: a Memoir of the Gothic South, by Huston Curtiss
The Summer Kitchen, by Karen Weinreb
Swan, by Frances Mayes