Moving Past Picoult

If you are tiring of the formulaic, social-issue-of-the-day writings of Jodi Picoult, I highly recommend you try some of the latest books by writer Kristen Hannah.  Like Picoult, Hannah focuses on family issues but she does not dwell on the political and legal ramifications of family decisions in the way Picoult has done lately.

Night Road is Hannah’s most recent release and it will affect the heart of anyone who is raising teens who are just on the verge of adulthood. Decisions about first loves, friends, colleges, drinking and driving are seen from the viewpoints of both the parents and the teens in this book that had me reaching for the kleenex box by the last page.

Hannah shows her writing chops in Winter Garden as well. This book will be of interest to readers of both family fiction and historical fiction. The story starts out slowly, developing the family dynamics between two adult sisters who have never understood why their mother has been so cold and distant to them.  After the death of their father, their mother finally reveals how her ordeals in WWII Russia shaped her life.  I have never read a more moving account of the Russian citizen’s travails during World War II.

 

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