| By Gale Staff |
Our June selections deliver captivating reads of topics proven to be perennial favorites—a conflicted family with damaging secrets, women responding to unimaginable injustice, and a true tale of the emotional and physical battles fought by opposing soldiers. Order today and put these new large print titles within reach of your devoted readers.
The Guest Book, by Sarah Blake
From the author of the international bestseller The Postmistress, comes a sweeping epic and cautionary tale of the Milton family. Kitty and Ogden Milton’s purchase of an island in Maine in 1936 sets the stage for three generations to enjoy privileges bestowed to powerful American families of the time. When finances eventually force them to contemplate selling the island, terrible errors in judgement and repugnant attitudes toward blacks and Jews surface, requiring them to consider the damage done by secrets and silences.
“This novel sets out to be more than a juicy family saga – it aims to depict the moral evolution of a part of American society. Its convincing characters and muscular narrative succeed on both counts.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“Beautifully crafted …The Milton family history, rife with secrets and moral failings, including a deep-seated bigotry, is a timely tale of America itself. An enveloping and moving page-turner.”
– People, Book of the Week
This title is also a selection for our Senior Book Groups Program, learn more about how this program works.
Women Talking, by Miriam Toews
Based on real events, Women Talking is especially relevant given contemporary issues, movements, and political climate. Between 2005 and 2009 in a Mennonite colony in Bolivia, eight men drugged and violated women and young girls as they slept. Upon waking, confused and disoriented, they were told that demons were at fault or chastised for their “wild female imagination.” The novel, Toews’ eighth book, chronicles secret meetings of eight victims as they weigh the perils of staying in their community for probable future abuse or leaving their sheltered world.
“Scorching … Women Talking is a wry, freewheeling novel of ideas that touches on the nature of evil, questions of free will, collective responsibility, cultural determinism, and, above all, forgiveness.”
– New York Times Book Review, Editor’s Choice
“Astonishing … a work of deep moral intelligence, a master class in ethics beautifully dressed as a novel.”
Storm On Our Shores , by Mark Obmascik
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mark Obmascik presents the story of two World War II soldiers – a Japanese surgeon and an American sergeant—during the Battle of Attu in Alaska. Graduating from medical school in California, Dr. Paul Nobuo Tatsuguchi loved America, but was called to serve in the Imperial Army of his native Japan. The sergeant, Dick Laird, was a sturdy coal miner from Appalachia. Their tale interests when Tatsuguchi perishes in the battle and Laird eventually finds the surgeon’s detailed diary of emotional and physical conflicts.
“This poignant, dramatic tale will captivate both younger readers less familiar with the details of WWII history and those who are passionate about it.”
– Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“An evenhanded, compassionate portrayal of the two deeply wounded sides to this story.”
– Kirkus Reviews
Large print titles are available to purchase through Thorndike Press and through all major wholesalers.