4 Books for a Holiday Weekend
These thoughtful, gripping reads are as transporting as a weeklong vacation.
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This subtle short-story collection is filled with (mostly
younger) women making choices: Some are admirable, some are not, but all are a
test of their strength. In "Appetite," two teenage girls, attempting to
recover from the death of their mother, use food and other cravings that never cure
them of the formidable sadness they both feel. In "Hide and Seek," a
single mother protects her young daughters from the truth about their father as
they play—literally and metaphorically—the childhood game. Claire, the
babysitter in "Dinosaurs," helps a widower whose wife drowned, and
finds herself bewildered by her own tenderness. Grief, love, wariness, empathy,
the confusions of simply being a woman—these are emotions that most
of us feel but sometimes find difficult to express. Lazarin gives us the tools
to do just that.
— Kerri Arsenault