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Nancy's Notes - November 24, 2016

“Paris For One” by Jojo Moyes, “The Memory Stones” by Caroline Brothers, “I See You “, by Clare Mackintosh


        This was a short week for us. We closed at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday for Thanksgiving and we will remained closed throughout the holiday weekend. Hopefully between eating and shopping I will have a few minutes to sit and relax with a good book.
        I have become a Jojo Moyes fan. Her latest, “Paris For One”, is short stories. Generally I do not care for short stories as I think they lack depth, but I did enjoy these. The lengthiest of these tales appears as the title of the book. Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. When her boyfriend tells her she must go sometime, she buys them both a ticket with a romantic weekend in mind. She's never even been on a romantic get-away before and traveling abroad isn't really her thing. Her excitement quickly dies on the day of their departure when her boyfriend calls to say he will be late and to go along without him, that he will meet her there. When she is stood up all together, alone in Paris, Nell finds a version of herself she never knew existed. For the first time in her life she becomes independent and bold enough to tackle the city on her own. What started as the worst trip ever becomes a weekend to remember.
        Caroline Brothers, “The Memory Stones”, begins in Buenos Aires, 1976. In the heat of summer, the Ferrero family escapes to the Tigre. Osvaldo, a distinguished doctor, and his wife Yolanda gather with their daughters, Julieta who lives with her husband in Miami, and Graciela who is nineteen and madly in love with her fiancé, José. It will be the last time they are all together. On their return, the military Junta stages a coup, and Osvaldo is forced to flee to Europe as friends and colleagues disappear overnight. When José is abducted, Graciela goes into hiding; when she and her friends are dragged from an apartment by plainclothes policemen, the devastating reality of the Junta is no longer remote. Osvaldo can only witness the collapse of his family from afar, while Yolanda fights on the ground to find and reclaim their daughter.
        For suspense lovers, “I See You “, by Clare Mackintosh might be the ticket. When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it's there. There's no explanation, just a grainy image with a website address and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it's just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the ad shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that. Is it a mistake or is someone keeping track of every move they make.
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