Dogs of Babel (mini-review)

Sunday, February 22, 2009

In Dogs of Babel, Carolyn Parkhurst tells the story of a widower trying to find out what happened to his wife by teaching his dog to talk. The main character, a linguist, believes his dog, who was the only witness to the wife's death, would tell him how she died if only he could talk. The story has some morbid moments but also has funny and quirky moments. It was fast and enjoyable read, and I also liked the writing style.

True Colors (mini-review)

Synopsis from

True Colors is New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah’s most provocative, compelling, and heart-wrenching story yet. With the luminous writing and unforgettable characters that are her trademarks, she tells the story of three sisters whose once-solid world is broken apart by jealousy, betrayal, and the kind of passion that rarely comes along.

The Grey sisters have always been close. After their mother’s death, the girls banded together, becoming best friends. Their stern, disapproving father cares less about his children than about his reputation. To Henry Grey, appearances are everything, and years later, he still demands that his daughters reflect his standing in the community.

Winona, the oldest, needs her father’s approval most of all. An overweight bookworm who never felt at home on the sprawling horse ranch that has been in her family for three generations, she knows that she doesn’t have the qualities her father values. But as the best lawyer in town, she’s determined to someday find a way to prove her worth to him.

Aurora, the middle sister, is the family peacemaker. She brokers every dispute and tries to keep them all happy, even as she hides her own secret pain.

Vivi Ann is the undisputed star of the family. A stunningly beautiful dreamer with a heart as big as the ocean in front of her house, she is adored by all who know her. Everything comes easily for Vivi Ann, until a stranger comes to town. . . .

In a matter of moments, everything will change. The Grey sisters will be pitted against one another in ways that none could have imagined. Loyalties will be tested and secrets revealed, and a terrible, shocking crime will shatter both their family and their beloved town.

With breathtaking pace and penetrating emotional insight, True Colors is an unforgettable novel about sisters, rivalry, forgiveness, redemption---and ultimately, what it means to be a family.

What can I say but that this was another great book by Kristin Hannah? Her books have become ones I can depend on to always draw me into the story and hold me until the end. They're usually fast reads too because I'm so interested in learning more about what happens. This book explores the bond of 3 different sisters and the underlying resentments over events through the course of the years with surprising turns. Can't say a whole lot without giving it away but it was very good!