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There are a ton of storylines in “First Family,” David Baldacci’s latest political thriller. As I read the advance copy, I was so confused by all the jumping around that I ended up making a list of the main action. Here’s what happens:
Author Adriana Trigiani’s new book, “Very Valentine,” (Harper Collins - $25.99) is the first in a planned trilogy about an Italian family who has spent the past 80 years making custom wedding shoes at The Angelini Shoe company. The business has fallen on tough times. Its widowed matriarch, Teodoro, is aging. Her single granddaughter, Valentine Roncalli, has given up a teaching job to learn the trade. They’re struggling to find a place in the world of mass-produced footwear.
When Sarah Lucas’ beloved husband, Charles, dies after an accident in the woods near their home in rural Vermont, the 75-year-old woman’s life is turned completely inside out.
In “Every Last Cuckoo,” her first novel for Algonquin Books, author Kate Maloy tells Sarah’s story. It’s a brilliant, well-written novel, and I was sad when I turned the last page. Sarah is the kind of woman I want to be.
Gossip of the Starlings - By Nina de Gramont
$22.95. 276 pp. Fiction. Hardback.
One out of five stars
Rich prep school students. Bored. Self-absorbed. Distant parents. Vacation homes. Horse shows. Designer labels. Sex. Alcohol. Drugs. Serious emotional issues. Tragedy.