Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

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MudboundHardcover, 328 pages

Published: Published March 4, 2008 by Algonquin Books (1st published January 1, 2008)

Setting: Mississippi, 1940s

Literary Awards:  ALA Alex Award (2009), NAIBA Book of the Year for Fiction (2008), PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction for Fiction (2006)

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Henry and I dug the hole seven feet deep . Any shallower and the corpse was liable to come rising up during the next big flood: Howdy boys! Remember me?

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Mystic River (2003)

Mystic_River_posterDirected by: Clint Eastwood

Written by: Brian Helgeland, based on the novel By Dennis Lehane

Sean, Jimmy, and Dave grew up together in an Irish working class neighborhood in Boston, roaming the neighborhood and playing ball in the street. Their friendship was shattered when Dave became the victim of a horrific crime. He returned home, but the bond among the boys dissolved under the weight of their unspoken fear, guilt, and shame.

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The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

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Series: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #8

Kindle Edition, 373 pages

Published: August 28, 2012 by Minotaur Books (1st published January 1, 2012)

Setting: Québec

Literary Awards: Anthony Award for Best Novel (2013), Agatha Award Nominee for Best Novel (2012), Audie Award Nominee

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Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his second in command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, are the first outsiders admitted to the secluded monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, ensconced in the Québec wilderness. Although they live by a vow of silence, the two dozen monks have built their lives around sacred music, singing ancient, beautiful Gregorian chants. Their music connects them to God, brings them profound peace, and has brought them worldly fame.

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