“Private Life” by Jane Smiley ★★★

  Private Life primarily follows the life of Margaret Mayfield spanning her life in the generation following the Civil War up to World War II. After the childhood deaths of two of her brothers and the resulting depression and suicide of her father, a doctor who blamed himself for not being able to save everybody, … Continue reading “Private Life” by Jane Smiley ★★★

“The True Story of Hansel and Gretel” A Novel of War and Survival by Louise Murphy ★★★★★

This is considered a retelling of the fairy tale referred to in the book's title, using the primeval Bialowieza Forest in Eastern Poland during World War II as the setting.  It follows the struggle for survival of two Jewish children (aged 7 and 11), their father, and stepmother, as they try to outrun and outwit … Continue reading “The True Story of Hansel and Gretel” A Novel of War and Survival by Louise Murphy ★★★★★