Six of us had a nice discussion of The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly. This book is about David who loses his mother and then his father remarries and the boy feels displaced. They move to an estate outside of London to avoid the air raids of WWII and David falls into a magical alternative world where fairy tales are real. Some of the stories and scenes are quite gruesome. It brought up the question in our group of whether or not fairy tales are for children and whether or not it is good for children to read such things. The original Grimm stories are quite grim when you read them after watching the Disney version. If you like your fairy tales dark but with a satisfactory ending, then pick this one up.
Other books people are enjoying:
The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Last Chicken in America by Ellen Litman
Only “L” authors made the list, for some reason!