The Silent Kookaburra by Liza Perrat

Set in a small town in Wollongong, Australia, in the 1970s, Tanya's mother, Eleanor, has been continuously trying to have a baby. She already had multiple miscarriages in the past until Shelley comes into the world. Tanya Randall is just an eleven-year-old girl struggling with peer pressure, puberty, and coping…

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The first book sets in a small fishing village located in Yeongdo, Busan, from 1910 to 1933. It begins with the story of a fisherman and his wife that has three sons, but only the eldest and weakest survived. Hoonie was born with a cleft palate and a twisted foot…

Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore

Set in the '70s at Odessa Texas, the story begins with Gloria Ramirez, who is just fourteen years old, observing closely of a young cowboy who is sleeping in his truck. She is waiting for the right time to run away before he sobers up. As the sun rises, offering…

Ordinary Grace, William Kent Krueger

Frank recalls the memories of the summer in 1961 when he was a thirteen-year-old boy in a small town of New Bremen, Minnesota. The story is narrated by Frank forty years after, looking back at that particular summer which visited by frequent deaths in various forms. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder.…

The Ninth Hour, Alice McDermott

This story focuses on Sally, who grows up in a convent after her father committed suicide, leaving her mother as a widow before Sally was born. Growing up in the convent has piqued her interest to become a nun. Her mother refuses to let her go until she was reminded…