The October Book Corner

Deep River
Karl Marlantes

Huge in scope and size this is a big book to lose yourself in. Finland is under Russian oppression at the beginning of the 20th century and the Kolski family see no future for their family, Ilmari, the eldest son, emigrates to America and begins to make a life for himself and is able to send for his younger brother soon after. They settle in a small town, named Deep River, with some of their own countryfolk. The brothers work the land and the town grows and prospers and they are joined by their sister Aino who is interested in workers rights and the labour movement. The story spans decades, about family ties to the old country, brave pioneers and young America.


A Woman is No Man
Etaf Rum

This book will introduce you to other cultures and other countries all wrapped up in an intricate family story. As a young Palestinian girl, Isra marries and moves to Brooklyn. Her mother-in-law is dismayed when Isra only has daughters instead of sons and when it is the turn of Isra’s oldest daughter to take part in an arranged marriage, she discovers the family’s darkest secret. Old World culture meets New World morals in a generational tale that is enlightening and emotional.


Beyond Reasonable Doubt
Gary Bell

Gary Bell, who is a QC himself, has created a brand new character in Elliot Rook QC, a partner in an Inns of Court legal firm. Elliot is well respected and sharp, but his past isn’t what others assume it to be. Cracks appear when he takes on a murder case from his home town and the suspect knows Rook from way back. Edgy,fresh and a promising beginning to a new series of legal thrillers.


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