| By Gale Staff |
Raise of hands if you’re ready to shake off winter and giddily run toward summer. Okay, that would be … everybody! We’re ready too with a great selection of large-print titles for beachy binge reads exploring dynamic relationships. A dystopian account of a talented teen athlete, a young family’s escape from suburbia to life at sea, and fractured relationships hidden in a mountain cabin.
The Resisters, by
Baseball, America’s favorite pastime, continues that distinction in the country’s near future. A future where an Internet entity, Aunt Nettie, has slowly taken control from unsuspecting citizens who believed they were merely taking advantage of available technology. When teenage Gwen exhibits exceptional talent on the diamond, Nettie takes notice putting her family and their already-upside-down-lives at risk.
“Rippling with action, suspense and lovingly detailed baseball play-by-plays, there’s a sense throughout the book of both celebration and danger.”
– The Washington Post
“Beautifully crafted and slyly unsettling. …The juxtaposition of America’s pastime and the AI-enabled surveillance state is brilliant.”
– Kirkus (starred review)
Sea Wife, by
Sea Wife, by Amity Gaige ISBN: 9781432879259
Juggling a stalled dissertation (hers), a numbing job (his), parenthood and a complicated relationship (theirs), Michael convinces Juliet that leaving Connecticut for a year sailing the Caribbean is a great idea. Novice sailors at best, what could possibly go wrong? Right? After seemingly everything implodes, Juliet is left to come to terms with her recollections in contrast to those of Michael’s that she finds in his travel journals.
“Every element of this impressive novel clicks into a dazzling, heartbreaking whole.”
– Publishers Weekly
“Gripping … A powerful take on a marriage on the rocks.”
Amy Jo Burns
At fifteen-years-old, Wren lives with her parents but little more in a cabin a good hour from the closest West Virginia mining town. With no car, no mailbox and no visitors except for her mother’s lifelong best friend, they’re a captive audience for her father’s Sunday sermons that also take hold of the community. After he performs a miracle that turns tragic, Wren uncovers uncomfortable truths and imagines a future she never thought possible.
“Amy Jo Burns writes masterful sentences charged with all the beauty and rage and struggle of her characters. … Shiner is a gorgeous novel.”
– Phil Klay, National Book Award-winning author of Redeployment
“Wren’s engaging, convincing voice leads the reader through her strange world. A teenage girl is the strong center of a fever-dream story of hidden pasts.”
– Kirkus (starred review)