Gripping tale of modern midwifery gone awry. Despite being one of Oprah’s book club picks, it’s truly interesting atop the inevitable strife that’s a guaranteed pairing with Oprah’s approval. Touchstones of family and community keep the book relevent. ****
A family of rural Germans rush to escape their country as World War II comes to a violent close, befriending both Jewish and English soldiers on their trek. An insider’s perspective about the ludicrisy of the war on Jews from the viewpoint of Germans not ensconced in townships, and also of the Russians’ brutality. ****
If you like solid, interesting stories loaded with depth and well-defined characters, float a Bohjalian book to the top of your list. I’d suggest starting with Midwives or Skeletons at the Feast, depending on whether you’re in a more modern or historical mood.