Today we have ANOTHER favorites list from another top finisher in our Prose Bowl brackets competition. Here are four 2015 favorites from Stacey.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
This dystopian novel alternates between the world as it was and the world post the Flu that wiped out over 99% of the world’s population. One of the main themes is what makes us human. The Traveling Symphony, a group of thespians and musicians believe humanity lies in the ability to create, perform and share art and music. This ragtag troupe roams the countryside playing classical music and performing Shakespeare’s’ plays, often bringing the crowds to tears.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
I know, I know the phrase I laughed, I cried is so overdone. But, if you pulled up alongside my car, you would wonder (after distancing yourself) is that person laughing and crying? Ove, is a grumpy, decent man whose lonely existence is about to be turned upside down.
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
Nobody writes about everyday people better than Anne Tyler. The Whitshanks are an average Baltimore family. One exception and point of pride is their animals live longer than most. A Spool of Blue Thread is told through several generations of a Baltimore family, their lives, stories, loves accomplishments, secrets and disappointments.
And of course . . . .
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Often with massively hyped books I am somewhat disappointed. Not this book-perfectly paced from the beginning to the “did not see that coming” ending.
Thanks for playing the bracket, Stacey! And for a few of your 2015 favorites.