Entree: Crow Lake by Mary Lawson. Love this novel! The four children of a northern Ontario family are suddenly orphaned. How they remember what happened as they struggled to stay together is viewed very differently by each of the siblings. Lawson is a wonderful writer - so much to ponder in this story.
Side: Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz. This is the first novel by the Nobel Prize-winning author in The Cairo Trilogy about a Muslim family in Cairo in the beginning years of the 20th century when Egypt was under British rule.
Side: Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League by Jonathan Odell. Historical novel about the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement in Mississippi. Maids for white families take heart as they hear about Rosa Parks defying a white bus driver in Alabama. Similar to The Help, but not as well written.
Side: The Sable Quean by British author, Brian Jacques. Marvelous part of the Redwall series about derring-do in the animal kingdom. Zwilt the Shade and his ruler, Vilaya, the Sable Quean, lead an army of vermin who try to destroy Redwall Abbey, the sanctuary of peaceable animals. Can Buckler, a warrior rabbet, save the Abbey?
Side: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. A young woman tries to reconstruct her memories of being raised with an older brother and a "sister" - Fern, a chimp who was about her same age. The family's delight in Fern turns to tragedy when Fern must be sent away to a "pleasant farm." Everyone suffers, but whose fault is it?