Tanya Pitts Dubois’ marriage to Frank ends when he lies dead at the bottom of the staircase in their home. This is also when Tanya Pitts Dubois ceases to exist and becomes Amelia Keen—after placing a phone call to a mysterious Mr. Oliver. With $5,000 and a new identification as Amelia from Mr. Oliver, the former Tanya Pitts begins her off-the-grid journey from Wisconsin to Austin, Texas, where she meets a bartender named Blue (Debra Maze). Blue recognizes the look of a fellow fugitive, offers her a place to stay, and switches identities with her. The hunted/haunted Tanya-turned-Amelia-turned-Debra leaves town and ping-pongs from one location to another, trying on and discarding one identity after another—sometimes in the matter of minutes—with a terrified intensity. Added to this fascinating scramble to fly below the radar are some old emails between “Ryan” and “Jo” that begin to create a picture—but a picture of what? All is revealed by the end of this satisfying, intense, and intriguing psychological thriller.
The Passenger by Lisa Lutz
M Train by Patti Smith
Rarely, if ever, do I read a book in dribs and drabs but M Train changed my cover to cover reading style. Wherever the book fell open I read and drifted with the author from coffee shop to coffee shop, country to country, floating on her beautiful prose. Her life, books, travels, relationships, and innermost thoughts transport you; the mundane becomes eloquent.
A poetic memoir, a haunting homage to life, music, art, and memories; Patti Smith a tour de force.
The Drop by Dennis Lehane
“I had something once…I was respected, I was feared,” says Cousin Marv. Like Marv, other longtime residents and business owners are faced with a changing landscape as a new syndicate moves into a bleak and impoverished part of Boston. Lehane packs a lot of action, drama, and flawed yet interesting characters into this short novel. A twisting plot, edgy dialogue, and poignant, even humorous, insights make this a very enjoyable and quick read.