Book picks as published in the November 8, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
War and turpentine : a novel
By Stefan Hermans
An international best seller: a vivid, masterly novel about a Flemish man who reconstructs his grandfather’s story–his hopes, loves, and art, all disrupted by the First World War–from the unflinching notebooks he filled with pieces of his life. The life of Urbain Martien–artist, soldier, survivor of World War I–lies contained in two notebooks he left behind when he died in 1981.
The Women in the castle : a novel
By Jessica Shattuck
Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined. All three women must come to terms with the choices that have defined their lives before, during, and after the war–each with their own unique share of challenges.