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Nancy Notes - October 25, 2012

“Low Pressure” by Sandra Brown, “Love Anthony” by Lisa Genova, “The Time Keeper” by Mitch Albom.

  Sandra Brown has been a popular, prolific writer who has two shelves of novels in our library. Her latest, “Low Pressure”, was recently added to that collection. Bellamy Lyston was twelve years old when her older sister, Susan, is killed on a stormy day. Bellany’s fear of storms is well-known after a tornado destroyed the crime scene along with her memory of what happened that day. Eighteen years later, Bellamy has written a bestselling novel based on Susan’s murder. Because the event still causes great pain to family members, she publishes the book under a pseudonym. When a reporter discovers that the book is based on fact, Bellamy’s identity is exposed along with a family scandal. The author soon becomes the target of an unnamed assailant who either wants the truth about the murder to remain unknown or to get vengeance for a man wrongfully accused and punished.
    Lisa Genova’s, “Love Anthony”, is the story of Olivia Donatelli. Her dreams of a “normal” life are shattered when her son, Anthony, was diagnosed with autism at age three. He didn’t speak, hated to be touched, and very seldom made eye contact. Just when Olivia was starting to find happiness living with her autistic son, he dies. Now she’s alone in a cottage on Nantucket, separated from her husband, trying to understand the meaning of her son’s short life. Then with a chance encounter with another woman, facing her own loss, Anthony is brought alive again  for Olivia.
    Mitch Albom’s, “The Time Keeper”, is a fable about the first man on Earth to count the hours. The inventor of the world’s first clock is punished for trying to measure God’s greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of those who came after him. Eventually, Father Time is granted his freedom and a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time. He returns to our world and begins a journey with two unlikely partners: a teenage girl who is about to give up on life and a wealthy businessman who wants to live forever. To save himself, he must save them both. And stop the world to do so.
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