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…

Cinnamon Gardens, Shyam Selvadurai

This story is set in 1920’s when the old Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) under the British influence and the elite society emerged from the central Colombo. There were two main characters in this story, Annalukshmi and Balendran, at different stages of their lives, both learning how to control their…