Heart-felt fiction

shoppeThe Music Shop”  by Rachel Joyce is a “deceptively simple love story.” Frank is the eccentric owner of a hole-in-the-wall London music store that only sells vinyl records.  His quiet little life is upended when a stranger faints outside his shop.  Joyce’s “lovable misfits” continue to “enchant and break hearts” (Library Journal).  In “Heart Spring Mountain”, a tropical storm tears through Vermont and stirs up family drama.  When a substance addled woman goes missing,  her daughter  leaves her  bartending job in New Orleans to come search for her.  Once there, she encounters her aunt and a widowed cousin-in-law, still living on the family mountain.  “The resulting narrative is nuanced, poetic, and evocative; MacArthur empathetically depicts each of her characters in their wounded but hopeful glory” (Publishers Weekly).

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