I just finished The Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore, it’s a simple story with complicated themes… a good book for Midwestern girls in particular.
And, I FINALLY finally read The Little Friend by Donna Tartt, and was not disappointed. It reminded me of To Kill a Mockingbird, set in the Eighties, and sassier. It was her follow-up to The Secret History (hits the spot for a wintry New England prep school thriller). The Little Friend is about Harriet Dufressnes, a seventh grader–going on eighth–spending her summer holding her breath at the pool, and investigating her brother’s unsolved murder, which she witnessed as a toddler.