Every writer I know is a reader first and foremost and not coincidentally they give great books as gifts. Here are some of my favorite picks from this year that are on my own wish list. –Lynne
—Anderson McKean, Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL
Julia finds herself drawn into this online demimonde and discovers that simply pressing the "delete" key can't erase her own desire, once awakened. Watson introduces her novel with two epigraphs about sexuality and danger, one from Michel Foucault and the other from W.B. Yeats. Those quotes also signal the literary ambitions of this nuanced thriller whose end, I guarantee, you'll never see coming.
Seeking a home where her children won't be held back by ethnicity or gender, Rhoda brings Em and Teo to Ethiopia, and all three fall in love with the beautiful, peaceful country. But that peace is shattered by the threat of war with Italy, and teenage Em and Teo are drawn into the conflict. Will their devotion to their country, its culture and people, and each other be their downfall or their salvation?
Come back to look for her post on non-fiction this week - and CLICK HERE to check out the entire category of past posts about great books to give.