Thursday, October 6, 2011

"Tears are the silent language of grief."

Mercy Lily by Lisa Albert: Lily's mom is fading away. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is taking bigger and bigger pieces of her each day. When traditional therapy doesn't work, Lily's mom turns to bee sting therapy in order to deal with the pain. Eventually that too fails and Lily's mom seems to give up.

On a spring day full of possibility, her mom asks for one of the most difficult things she's ever asked Lily for - mercy. Can Lily give her mom what she wants or will Lily hold on to her mom until the end?

Euthanasia is always one of those touchy subjects that no one particularly wants to handle and if they do, they do it with care. It's a pretty loaded issue with moral, ethical and (for some) religious ramifications. I give this author points for even tackling it. I look forward to taking a crack at this novel sometime soon.

Mercy Lily by Lisa Albert will be out on the 8th of October in paperback.

The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas : One of the only things Rose's mom leaves behind after she dies is a paper bag labeled Rose’s Survival Kit. Inside is an iPod, a picture of peonies, a crystal heart, a paper star and a kite.

Confused, Rose finds herself coming back to the items in the bag and trying to figure out what each of them could mean and what her mom is trying to say through them. Another strange source of comfort comes from the family gardener, Will, who is also her school's hockey champion. Unlike everyone else, he understands how she feels and what she's going through. Will Rose gain something new in her loss?

This one reminds me a lot of Maureen Johnson's 13 Little Blue Envelopes in the way that a relative of the main character dies and they leaves a package behind. A small package that is supposed to lead to something bigger for the main character. I'm interested to see the thoughts behind the survival kit for Rose and what happens with Will.

The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas comes out on October 11th in hardcover.

Without Tess by Marcella Pixley: Tess and Lizzie are as close as sisters can be. They even have their own secret and made up world full of magic and fantastical creatures. As time passes, Lizzie is ready to leave their imaginary world behind and grow up while Tess isn't.

Tess clings to her delusions and won't let go. Deciding that she can't live in the real world, she takes her own life. Years later, Lizzie still struggles to understand what happened to her sister. With the help of the psychologist at her school and Tess's old journal, Lizzie searches for answers and for a way let her sister go.

I know, I know. What's with all the horribly doom and gloom novels for October? I don't really know. They all seem to be getting published this month and some of them even sound good enough to read?

Anyway, I really like the look (the cover is simple but pretty) and the sound (delusions!)of this novel. Mental health is something that affects a lot of people, not just the old. I think out of all of the novels I listed in this post, this is the one I'm most looking forward to.

Without Tess by Marcella Pixley comes out October 11th in hardcover.

(Note: title quote is from Voltaire.)

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