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Astrid "literary lawyer"
The list author says: "Literary tear jerkers, besides Lassie Come Home"
Anywhere but Here
Anywhere but Here
"Realistic portrait of a neurotic mother and her daughter.  Laugh out loud funny at points but also deeply moving.  Sequel, Lost Father, not nearly as good."
A Prayer for Owen Meany (Modern Library)
A Prayer for Owen Meany (Modern Library)
"A five hankie read"
The Children of Men
The Children of Men
"Not crazy about her other books but she hit the nail on the head with this one--spiritual and intriguing."
The Girls: A Novel
The Girls: A Novel
"Everyone loved the memory keeper's daughter--a predictable, sappy cliche-- while this gem about conjoined sisters got overlooked. Imagine the choices to make to get along and resulting very special bond."
Water for Elephants: A Novel
Water for Elephants: A Novel
"The description of life during the depression for circus perfomers is profound.  The epilogue about real-life abuse of elephants was sickening...a well written reflection on cruelty without overstatement."
Timbuktu: A Novel
Timbuktu: A Novel
"Told through the eyes of a dog that once belonged to a homeless man after owner's death."
The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale
"Unflinching look at life in the past and future as the cycle of overcorrection continues.  Also loved The Blind Assassin."
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Their Eyes Were Watching God
"Heartbreaking love story served with a generous dose of the human spirit."
The Sparrow: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
The Sparrow: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
"Other-worldly novel about man and our relationship to the universe.  Well-illustrated friendships with true sacrifice."
The Invisible Circus
The Invisible Circus
"Takes place in the flower power generation.  Nice story of relationship between main character, her sister, and her sister's boyfriend set during this groovy era."