The Kite-Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, Riverhead Books. Moving, unforgettable, unputdownable. Afghanistan thirty years ago, a friendship between two boys, a fragile father-son relationship. Childhood choices which influence adult lives. Set in Afghanistan in the 1970's and later in America, this is ultimately a story about love, redeeming, forgiveness and acceptance, written with tenderness and empathy. Bought used at Compendium Bookstore, 3,50 euro.
True North, Jim Harrison, Grove Press books
Michigan has been home to Jim Harrison for most of his life, and with this extaordinary work he has written a novel about his homeland. The story of a family torn apart and a man engaged in profound reckoning with the damage scarred into the American soil. An epic tale that pits a son against the legacy of his family's desecration of the earth, and his own father's more personal violations, a beautiful and moving novel that speaks to the territory in our hearts that calls us back to our roots.
Bought: used hardback, Compendium bookshop, 4 euro