The End of the Point
The End of the Point by Elizabeth Graver: A multi-generational tale set from 1942-1999 on Ashaunt Point, this novel explores themes of class and privilege, love and war, familial permanence and more. At the onset, we find the Porter family met with the challenges and excitement of sharing their beloved Point with the U.S. Army during the war. As the tale progresses, the eldest sister, Helen, and her adventures come to the forefront. Throughout her travels and experiences, her summer home at Ashaunt Point proves to be the anchor in the storm of her tempestuous life. By the conclusion of the novel, we find the Porter family much changed and Helen battling a deadly illness. At once evocative and tender, The End of the Point is a powerful and intricately woven tale of family and home.
A Selection of good books to tote around all season long
For as long as I can remember, I have always associated the long, hot summer days with reading. Maybe it is because when I was a child, my mother would use our summer breaks as the ideal opportunity for weekly pilgrimages to the public library. My brother and I would take great joy in combing through the bookshelves in the children’s area to find the perfect selections. His little arms were typically loaded down with hardback books about snakes or fossils. My stack, quite to the contrary, would be full of fantasy and different worlds. Destined to be a lover of novels, I started escaping the real world through the power of the almighty pen quite early.
Or perhaps my many memories of stretching out in the Southern sunshine with a paperback have kindled the association. I have earned quite a number of sunburns in that fashion over the years. One sweltering year during grade school, I burned through the Anne of Green Gables series in a matter of a few weeks. And that’s not to mention the fact that, to this day, my beach bag is never complete without at least a couple of books stashed inside.
Who is to say where the connection originates. In any case, it seems that the scorching dog days beg to be filled with something calm and relaxing to pass the time. Nothing can better fit that bill than a captivating new read. So take your pick and settle in with one of these charming new novels. You may just find yourself thinking of books when the summer heat rolls in next time, too.
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger: Set in the summer of 1961, Ordinary Grace is a bit of a departure for William Kent Krueger, who is known for his critically acclaimed Cork O’Connor series. While the elements of mystery are indeed present in this book, it is not a true crime novel. At the center of the action is Frank, an adolescent boy on the precipice of manhood. During this fateful summer, Frank experiences much loss and finds himself in a new world of secrets and lies. Told from Frank’s perspective forty years after that unfortunate summer, this novel will move you and change the way you view the world around you. A coming-of-age tale of tragedy, Ordinary Grace ultimately juxtaposes loss with mercy in fresh and unexpected ways.
The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood: If it is mystery and romance that you prefer, this novel is an ideal choice. Exploring the expectations of marriage and love, the roles of women, and the emotions of grief and regret, The Obituary Writer is an interesting cocktail both thematically and stylistically. Two stories are unfolding simultaneously in this well-crafted novel. First, there is the story of Claire, a young upper-middle-class mother who is infatuated with the glamor of Jackie Kennedy, as well as the entire Kennedy family. Claire’s story is interposed with that of Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer who clings to the eternal hope of finding her lost love. It is the unexpected connection between the two that makes all the difference in the end.
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight: A tale of elaborate mystery intertwined with the tenderness of a mother’s love, Reconstructing Amelia exudes suspense at every turn. This book explores parent/child relationship and the new reality of teen life in the age of social networking. When Kate’s over-achieving daughter, Amelia, supposedly jumps to her death at the exclusive private school that she attends, Kate is left with many questions. But soon, her questions turn to a search for the truth when she receives an anonymous text about what really happened. On her quest for answers and closure, Kate uncovers the truth piece by piece, clue by clue. Gripping and tragic, Reconstructing Amelia is a true page turner. You will not be able to stop reading until the slowly evolving mystery is solved at last.