I feel like I've been striking out a lot with books lately, but I did read two that I thoroughly enjoyed this week.
Days of Awe: A novel
In one year, Isabel goes from a happily married mom with a best friend who shares her days to a soon-to-be divorced, hated by her daughter mom whose best friend is dead. Isabel struggles in this time to figure out who she is and who she wants to be and what follows is a journey between the past Isabel and the new Isabel. I was caught up with Isabel's story because I could relate to it in many ways, though my own life is fortunately not as filled with drama.
Make Your Home Among Strangers: A Novel
This book was such a strong, enjoyable read. Lizet is a first-generation college student struggling to fit in as a minority at a prestigious New York university. Lizet's first semester is fraught with stress, struggles with grades and struggles to bridge the gaps left between her new education and her obviously lacking high school education. In the midst of this, her family in Miami becomes entangled with the life of Ariel Hernandez, a Cuban refugee whose mother died on the raft to America and who is now the middle of a media circus and legal battle (this portion obviously based on Elian Gonzalez). Isabel struggles to find her footing in a new world, while still being there for her family back home. Isabel was absolutely the type of character you root for, in the midst of not being perfect.
What are you reading?