A free short story from Sarah Addison Allen – Waking Kate – that I downloaded to my iPhone has done its job well. Although the story can stand on its own, the promise of how Kate will continue teases the reader to want to continue the tale in Allen’s newest book – On Lost Lake, due to be published mid-January.
As Kate is waiting for her husband to come home from working at his bicycle shop, her elderly neighbor invites her to help him mark his retirement from Atlanta’s oldest men’s clothing store. Over a cup of butter coffee, he tells his history, prompting Kate to think about her own life, and foreshadowing major changes soon to come.
Who could resist a free story from the author who charmed readers with magic and romance in Garden Spells. Have a cup of coffee and check it out – it’s free.
One of the book groups I follow allows the host to choose the book of the month; no rejections allowed. Deciding which books to read and discuss a year in advance can be daunting, especially if the intent is to interest as many readers as possible.
Always looking for new ideas for books to read, I like lists of books. And, if I’ve read many of them – all the better to look forward to revisiting a favorite story. Here is their list for next year; click on the books in red to read my review.
- January: The Secret Daughter by Shilipi Somaya Gowda
- February: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
- March: The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
- April: State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
- May: Into Thin Air by Jack Krakauer
- June: Nina’s Journey by Nina Markovna
- July: Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck
- August: Old FILTH by Jane Gardam
- September: Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosney
- October: The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen