Stories of mystery, intrigue fill library shelves

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March 13, 2019 - 10:11 AM

Matt has lost two wives under suspicious circumstances in “As Long As We Both Shall Live” by JoAnn Chaney. Is he (not to mention his wives) just really unlucky, or is there a connection? Things are not as they seem.

In “Good Riddance” by Elinor Lipman, Daphne throws away a 1968 yearbook which had belonged to her deceased mother. June was a newly minted teacher and yearbook advisor that year, and has since attended every class reunion. The yearbook is heavily annotated with sometimes snarky comments about class members. It’s retrieved from the trash by nosy neighbor Geneva, a would-be documentary filmmaker who’s convinced the stories waiting to be uncovered from the Class of 1968 will make a dandy film. The reluctant Daphne agrees to go with Geneva to the next class reunion, mainly to try to do damage control.

Nadia waited 10 years to get a visa to emigrate from the Ukraine to the United States, only to find that only she is allowed, not her 20-year-old daughter Larissa. In “Mother Country” by Irina Reyn, she is alone in New York, barely eking out a living and still trying, seven years later, to get permission for Larissa to join her. The two keep in touch by Skype and text, but their relationship is strained. Nervously watching from afar Vladimir Putin’s designs on Crimea, and Larissa’s inability to have a reliable supply of the insulin she needs, she crafts a plan to reunite with her daughter.

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