Read Tuma's thoughts on Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo, which is about two sisters (one in the Dominican Republic and one in NYC) who didn't know of one another's existence until their father's tragic death on a flight from NYC to DR. Inspired by an actual plane crash that had occurred two months after 9/11 and was mostly ignored, Acevedo writes a beautiful novel-in-verse that shows us the impact of secrets, hurt, loss, and discovery.
Review on If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin. Read my thoughts on this book-to-film.
Bag of Bones begins with the lulling, soft, authentic voice of Michael Noonan as he tells his incredible story, starting from his wife's sudden death and including the hard to believe events that follow. With a gripping combination of quiet grief and a startling, sometimes blunt, sense of humor, readers quickly find themselves deeply caring for Mike as soon as the end of chapter one.