Indie Spotlight: The Birth of Hope

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Kindle Edition, 218 pages

Published: October 21, 2016

Setting: Tennessee

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Sophie Merger is on the brink of an exciting new career. On the surface, her life has never been better. But she’s living in a tightening vise of emotional abuse. Her husband has threatened to kill her many times, and he’s capable of following through with it. As soon as freedom is within sight, Sophie’s marriage goes into a terrifying downward spiral.

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Indie Spotlight: Two Lovely Berries by A.M. Blair

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Ebook, 268 pages

Published: August 4, 2014

Setting: Pennsylvania & California

Recommended By: Monika at A Lovely Bookshelf

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Nora was convinced that she and her twin sister, Aubrey, were inseparable and always would be. After they graduated from Stanford together, Aubrey married her college sweetheart, George–a marriage strongly encouraged by their privileged and dysfunctional parents–and moved across the country, retreating from her sister’s life.

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Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Paperback, 307 pages

Published: 2005 by Harper Perennial (1st published 2003)

Setting: Nigeria

Literary Awards: Man Booker Prize Nominee for Longlist (2004), Orange Prize Nominee for Fiction Shortlist (2004), John Llewellyn Rhys Prize Nominee (2004), Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction (2004), Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book Overall (2005)

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Nigeria teeters on the brink of a political coup. This instability has been provoked by the government’s harsh repression of free speech; journalists are risking their lives to stand up for freedom. Wrapped within this larger story is the tale narrated by 15-year-old Kambili, who watches her family’s stability unravel after her brother Jaja makes his own bid for freedom.

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Thank You For All Things by Sandra Kring

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Paperback, 448 pages

Published: September 30, 2008 by Bantam Discovery (1st Published January 1, 2008)

Setting: Wisconsin

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Thank You For All Things is told in the voice of eleven-year-old Lucy Marie McGowan. She and her brother Milo are highly gifted twins, homeschooled by their struggling single mom, Tess, in Chicago. Unlike her profoundly gifted twin, who enjoys writing about string theory and calculating pi to as many digits as possible, Lucy has an I.Q. of “only” 144. She is gifted at reading people. She plans to be a psychologist someday, and she knows more about Freud and Jung than most college psychology majors. She also longs to learn the truth about her missing father.

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