2020 Vision – Set Your Sights on Great Reads

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| By Gale Staff |

Ready to review some great new titles to help readers dive into another year of discovery? This month we’re featuring a poignant story of a shattered Syrian family, a novel cited as both funny and disturbing, and a historical novel that explores the life of a powerful yet overlooked woman. Come back throughout the year for the best of large print from Thorndike Press!

The Beekeeper of Aleppo, by Christy Lefteri
ISBN: 9781432872298

The daughter of Cypriot refugees and a volunteer at a refugee facility, Lefteri’s poignant novel tells the story of Nuri, a beekeeper, and his wife, Afra. Their simple life in Aleppo, Syria is rocked when civil war erupts killing their son and blinding Afra. Politics play an insignificant role in the novel, instead it focuses on the resilience of the human spirit as Nuri and Afra embark on a dangerous journey to an uncertain future in Britain.

“A well-crafted structure and a troubled but engaging narrator power this moving story of Syrian refugees.”
– Kirkus (starred review)

“There’s no overloading the deck with drama; this story tells itself, absorbingly and heartrendingly.” 
– Library Journal

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, by Olga Tokarczuk
ISBN: 9781432872755

Originally published in Poland a decade ago, The New York Times calls this novel by Tokarczuk a “marvelously weird and fablelike mystery.” We couldn’t agree more. Janina lives in a remote Polish village where she studies astrology, translates poetry, and serves as caretaker for the summer homes of wealthy residents. She’s considered a curiosity who shuns human interaction for the company of animals. After a neighbor is found dead and others follow, Janina floats her theory that an animal uprising is responsible.

 “One of the most existentially refreshing novels I’ve read in a long time.”
– The New Yorker

“Succeeds as both a suspenseful murder mystery and a powerful and profound meditation on human existence … Novels this thrilling don’t come along very often.”
– Publishers Weekly

Lady Clementine, by Marie Benedict
ISBN: 9781432872779

The 57-year marriage of Pug and Cat, more commonly known as Winston and Clementine Churchill, is fully explored in this fictionalized biography. Both children of neglectful mothers, the two were political dynamos, a power couple who navigated professional and personal challenges during times of war and peace. Often regarded as egocentric, Winston wasn’t always receptive to advisers, but Clementine had his ear, counseling him on matters both big and small throughout his storied career.

“It’s an intriguing novel, and the focus on the heroic counsel of a woman that has national and international impacts will resonate in the present day.”
– Publishers Weekly

“A rousing tale of ambition and love.”
– Kirkus

Large print titles are available to purchase through Thorndike Press and through all major wholesalers.

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