For this year’s A-Z Challenge, I have chosen to
highlight authors and their books, that we, in our book club, have read, as a group, separately or have been recommended by someone in our facebook, Book Club, ‘What to Read Next?’
There were several good reads by 'W' authors, but I had to make a choice.
So, 'W' is for White, Sue - Ten Thousand Truths
A moving story of losing family but finding a new one. Thirteen-year-old Rachel is bad news, or so her foster care worker tells her. She's been shuttled from one rotten foster family to another ever since her mother and brother died in a car accident five years ago, and she's running out of options. So when she gets caught shoplifting and is kicked out of her latest home, the only place left to send her is the last resort for kids like her: a farm in the middle of nowhere run by a disfigured recluse named Amelia Walton, whom Rachel nicknames "Warty" because of the strange lumps covering her face and neck. Rachel settles into life at the farm, losing herself in her daily chores and Amelia's endless trivia, and trying to forget her past and the secret she's holding inside. But when a letter arrives for her out of the blue, Rachel soon realizes that you can't hide from your past-or your future.
We, at our real Monday Night Reading Group, were quite partial to this novel. For one thing the author Sue White, was the facilitator at our meeting. We picked her brains for over 30 minutes about writing in general and she patiently answered all our questions before we even got to discussing the great book.
We really liked the local setting to this novel and the way Rachel wound her way from being the 'rebellious kid' to getting inside your heart and mind and becoming someone to admire. It's a story about seeing past what is obvious on the surface to seeing what real love looks like.
If you'd like to check out or join our facebook, book club, please, select the link, What to Read Next?
Also considered and enjoyed:
Walls, Jeannette - Half Broke Horses, The Glass Castle
White, Sue - The Year Mrs. Montague Cried
Winnman, Sarah - When God Was a Rabbitt