Book picks as published in the August 21, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
The Seven or eight deaths of Stella Fortuna : a novel
By Juliet Grames
Stella’s childhood is full of strange, life-threatening incidents–moments where ordinary situations like cooking eggplant or feeding the pigs inexplicably take lethal turns. Even Stella’s own mother is convinced that her daughter is cursed. When the Fortunas emigrate to America on the cusp of World War II, Stella and her sister Tina must come of age in a hostile new world with strict expectations for each of them.
Travelers : a novel
By Helon Habila
A Nigerian graduate student who has made his home in America knows what it means to strike out for new shores. On a trip to Berlin, Habila’s central character finds himself thrown into contact with African immigrants and refugees whose lives previously seemed distant from his own. The walls between his privileged existence and the stories of these other Africans on the move soon crumble.