Longbourn by Jo Baker
The gritty, backbreaking, heartaching downstairs world behind Austen’s genteel curtain.
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
Disturbing. American ambassador’s daughter’s sexy-times with nazis. Appeasement and anti-semitism.
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
LOL funny. Sweetheart Don’s delightful, big-hearted Asperger’s begets serious trouble.
Some Luck by Jane Smiley
Peer through keyhole. Love, birth, death and history slowly happen.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Vexing misuse of “he.” Tiresome, dusty quarrels. Keep google handy.