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Three Books I'm Reading Now, 9/15/21 Edition

The Books I'm Reading Now

I'm reading Wiley Cash's upcoming Southern mystery, When Ghosts Come Home; A Thousand Ships, Natalie Haynes's woman-centric account of events surrounding the Trojan War; and Under the Whispering Door, TJ Klune's upcoming heartwarming story about a dead man who must find personal peace before crossing over forever.

Which books are you reading and enjoying these days, bookworms?

01 When Ghosts Come Home by Wiley Cash

Cash, author of A Land More Kind than Home and The Last Ballad, here offers a mystery and police procedural set in a small Southern town. When Ghosts Come Home centers around racial tensions, political angles, and testing longstanding allegiances.

Sheriff Winston Barnes knows he probably won't be reelected. But when a body is found in his coastal North Carolina town, he must focus on far bigger issues. He suspects foul play in the case--and almost everyone in town is a potential culprit.

Rumors, long-simmering conflicts, clashing loyalties, and Barnes's personal tragedy all complicate the discovery of the truth.

I received a prepublication digital edition of this book, scheduled for September 21 publication, courtesy of NetGalley and William Morrow.

02 A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes

I'm listening to Haynes read her highly entertaining woman-centric version of events surrounding the Trojan War.

“He loses his wife so he stirs up an army to bring her back to him, costing countless lives and creating countless widows, orphans and slaves. Oenone loses her husband and she raises their son. Which of those is the more heroic act?”

Maynes offers often darkly funny moments and sometimes poignant scenes showing unusual perspectives and points of view, from Penelope, sharing her increasing annoyance at the bards' reported tales of Odysseus as he extends his outrageously complicated and indulgent travels; to Cassandra, whose spot-on visions and helpfully specific predictions are largely dismissed and disrespected; to Aphrodite, Hera, and Athena's bickering and petty competitions with enormous repercussions.

03 Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

Under the Whispering Door is by the author of The House in the Cerulean Sea, and here, TJ Klune offers another heartwarming story, this time featuring the character of Wallace, who is suspecting that something is going on--and who is beginning to suspect that he is in fact dead.

Before crossing over from the living forever, Wallace gets a week to finish out his life and tie up loose ends--and to maybe rethink some basic aspects of his life before it's too late.

Klune offers another whimsical, tender, striking, LGBTQ story about finding your true self, recognizing what you love, and treasuring friends who feel as precious as family.

This book is set for September 21 publication. I received a prepublication digital edition of this book courtesy of NetGalley and Tor Books.