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Reading Between the Spines

Reading Little Women as an adult.

Little Women remains Louisa May Alcott’s best-known work. Its charm and innocence continue to attract readers, despite the fact that […]

Spring is here! Good things are in the works as we are able to do more things outdoors.With longer days ahead, here is a new selection for our online bookclub .

Our new selection is Caging Skies by Christine Leunens.

An zealous member of the Hitler Youth in 1940s Vienna, Johannes Betzler finds out his parents are hiding a Jewish girl named Elsa behind a false wall in their home. His initial horror turns to interest-then love and obsession. After his parents vanish, Johannes is the only one aware of Elsa’s presence in the house and he alone is responsible for her fate. Drawing strength from his daydreams about Hitler, Johannes plans for the end of the war and what it might mean for him and Elsa.

The inspiration for the major film Jojo Rabbit by Taika Waititi, Caging Skies, sold in over twenty countries, is a work of rare power; an elaborate and storytelling achievement. Stunning, blackly comic, and written in Christine Leunens’s gorgeous, muscular prose, this novel, her U.S. debut, is singular and enduring.

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