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Small Blessings

Set on the idyllic campus of a women's college in the mountains of Virginia, Small Blessings is a charming first novel with characters who are both sympathetic but also deeply wounded by life's arbitrary injustices.

Woodroof has written a poignant story about the lives of lovely, imperfect people and their difficult choices.


Small Blessings by Martha Woodroof (St. Martin's Press) Recommended by Sarah at Quail Ridge Books Raleigh NC

A Man Called Ove

In this utterly delightful debut by Swedish author Backman we meet a grumpy, opinionated curmudgeon who thinks he has nothing left to live for after the loss of his wife and his job.

His attempts to end his misery are continually thwarted by the annoying new neighbors who drag him begrudgingly back to his life and into theirs. This bittersweet tale might well make you cry, will definitely make you laugh, and may even make you want to drive a Saab for the rest of your life.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (Atria) Recommended by Tony at Quail Ridge Books Raleigh NC