Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Best Book of the Year!

Have you ever finished a great book, such as Drowned Maiden's Hair, and think it's the best book you've read in a long while?  And that you almost don't want to pick up a new book right away because no book will be as good? ...And then it happens.  That next book completely blows the "great" book out of the water?
I highly recommend Ruta Sepetys' Between Shades of Gray.
So many World War 2 novels focus on prison camps pertaining to the Holocaust.  But there was so much more happening at this time.  Now comes the story of Lina, a young Lithuanian artist, and her family, trapped in the secret and horrific Russian genocide, 1939-1954.

I don't want to give away the amazing plots turns or gripping page turners, but one of my favorite parts was the mother.  Even when others around her became full of rage and trapped themselves in a world bitterness, she never stopped caring for them.  She knew that survival meant helping and caring for each other -- no matter the cost.
I stayed up late to finish each section. 
When done, I couldn't simply walk away. 

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