Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar

This is a really interesting take on differing perspectives between the narrator and his Pakistani family and friends. They discuss subjects such as politics, religion, and immigration in America and how life is in Pakistan. Some have made a complete break and other cling to their homeland. Billed as a novel, this rings more like a memoir.

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

I'm a fan of Kevin Kwan because his books are just plain fun to read. He doesn't disappoint in this story of the filthy rich Asians and their unabashed  consumerism. Full of name-dropping and fun little end notes explaining himself, the story moves right along as you follow the main character Lucie, about to make a horrible mistake by marrying the wrong man. It make you want to scream at her and say, "No, not that one!"  Enjoy.

Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals by Becky Mandelbaum

Ariel's mom, Mona, runs an animal sanctuary outside a small town in Kansas. Ariel hasn't been back home in years but after she learns of a barn fire at the sanctuary, she makes the trip back home to see if she can help. A story about the family baggage we keep close, letting go, and going home again.  A good debut and a quick read.

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

How much can true love endure? Can it endure alcoholism, mental illness, infidelity, cancer, disfigurement to name a few? Ask this question again after you read this engrossing novel. Very good.

Night Train by David Quantick

Imagine your worst nightmare where you are on a moving train with two others, it is always night, you can't get off and you don't know really who you are. Story or metaphor?  Sharyl this one's for you! Very good!

Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

Not your ordinary vampire story! A neighbor inserts himself (after the death of his supposed aunt) into the lives of Southern women who have a book club. Their trust among friends and spouses gets tested when the neighbor lady suspects him of being a vampire. A fun read.

End of October by Lawrence Wright

In light of what is happening in the world today, it may be a bit early in our war against a virus to be reading this novel. Did Wright have a terrible insight or were his publishers just waiting for the right time for this book? Uncanny!