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Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken

Recommended by Marjorie P.

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After reading this novel I am determined to read everything McCracken has written. I am always drawn to family sagas that have wonderfully crafted characters that capture your attention in ways that make you feel a variety of emotions. Bertha Truitt is endearing in her own way, but the reader will also admire how she fiercely takes control of her life and the town of Salford, Massachusetts when she opens up the bowling alley that then becomes the setting for all of the ensuing drama and complexity that often defines family relationships. With a style and humor reminiscent of my long time favorite, Anne Tyler, McCracken’s world is definitely worth entering and experiencing fully.

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Dan Brewster