If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch


If you Find Me CoverFourteen year old Carey has lived with her mother in the middle of a national forest almost as long as she can remember. She has vague memories of the father; her mother says he beat them; her mother claims she rescued her from him. And yet, Carey and her beloved younger sister Jenessa have been alone in the camper in the woods for weeks with no heat or electricity and their meager food supplies are quickly dwindling. Soon a man shows up with a social worker, and Carey’s life is turned upside down. She can survive on almost nothing in the woods, but can she survive a “normal” family life and high school? What has become of Carey’s mother? Who is Jenessa’s father? Was Carey’s father really abusive? What happened on the “white-star night”? This tale of survival, family ties and dysfunction is a quick yet compelling read I would recommend to reluctant and avid readers alike.

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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

photo (1)I just finished The Goldfinch, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize, which I loved. I have been trying to come up with a good synopsis, but I am having trouble with my words, so I am borrowing from others. In her review for Flavorwire, Emily Temple captures the allure of the book:

“Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch is a myth exploded. It’s a fairy tale for grown-ups, an outsized caper, a tragic love story, an improbable crime novel, a bromance, a coming-of-age tale, a dissection of family life post-divorce and post-death, an exercise in life-as-ekphrasis. Despite its wide range — nearly 800 pages — bustling cast of characters, and multiple coincidences (Dickens will come up in nearly every review of this book, and Tartt is a devoted fan), this is a novel that will enchant you into believing before you blink an eye.”

OK, I will admit it, I had to look ekphrasis up; it is a rhetorical device meaning a literary description of a visual work of art. The Goldfinch is quite the page turner; however, it is definitely a LITERARY page turner. Enjoy! Disclaimer: this book contains mature themes and subject matter.