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The Burgess Boys
The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout (1970s)
Covers several decades because it deals with family, memories, growing up, significant event in the two brothers' past. I REALLY liked this book and am surprised at the mixed reviews it has received on Goodreads. It's about family relationships, flawed people (who you may not like or you may have compassion for)and many ties within the family. It's about lies. It's about the Somali people who have come to their Maine community and a hate crime by a family member. Very interesting psychologically. Very well written. -- Added by bookaddict on 03/08/2014

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The Husband's Secret
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty (1980s)
Although not a great classic work of literature :-), I just loved reading this book! There are intertwined lives, secrets that are exposed, the consequences should-I-read-a-letter-my-husband-wrote-to-me-only-to-be-opened-after-his-death, interesting & flawed people. (Starts in the '80s and goes up to present day.) -- Added by bookaddict on 03/02/2014

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The Light Between Oceans
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (2000s)
(The book mainly took place from 1926 on but the telling later was more present day, so that's where I put it for the reading challenge :-)-both times somewhat represented. It covers a couple of decades. I know, that's stretching it) I liked the story in this book, the moral dilemmas, consequences, descriptions of landscape and lighthouse-island life....but the writing and dialogue was irritating to me at times, rather amateurish, trite at times. (auuugh) -- Added by bookaddict on 02/22/2014

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The White Woman on the Green Bicycle
The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey (1950s)
The books starts in 1956 and ends in 2006, so it could belong to a lot of decades. I loved this book! What a great discovery. (It didn't get all good reviews on Good Reads, but I loved it.) I immediately wanted to discuss it with someone. Would be a good book group read. When I left the characters, I felt like they were living on; they were real and multi-dimensional. It was well-written! It was about an English couple who went to Trinidad -- for his job. Their marriage was falling apart and she hated it in Trinidad; he loved it. So it's really about their marriage AND Trinidad's changes. Covers the political upheaval there. I learned a lot about the people, culture and history of Trinidad. There were only a few things I didn't like about the book. So much I could say but will just keep this brief. :-) -- Added by bookaddict on 02/21/2014

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The Paris Wife
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (1920s)
The Paris Wife is about the love affair between Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley. The interesting parts were the growth of Hemingway's career, the people they hung out with, Hemingway's affair and deception and dysfunction. I could do without the imagined love-making and conversations, just too imagined for me and some unnecessarily graphic. I guess McLain felt she had to spice it up. -- Added by bookaddict on 02/01/2014

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Such an interesting book - I listened to this one and wondered how much it paralleled the true story. -- Barken on 02/01/2014  
The Maid's Version
The Maid's Version by Daniel Woodrell (1960s)
Had high hopes for this one so I was disappointed. Actually read book and listened to audio version at same time, skipping between them when driving or at home, so maybe that was part of t.he problem :-). I only found the main character, Alma, interesting. I loved the writing though. I put this in the 1960's because that's when Alma's grandson Alek interviews her about an explosion in a dance hall in 1929 that killed many people in the town. Then it has flashbacks. But real time is the '60s. :-) -- Added by bookaddict on 02/01/2014

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