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The Compulsive Reader: Shelf Discovery: South of Superior by Ellen Airgood

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Shelf Discovery: South of Superior by Ellen Airgood

Shelf Discovery is a feature in which I highlight one book that I have found while prowling the shelves of the independent bookstore I work at it. These books aren't necessarily YA books; they're books that have discovered and find interesting or unique. I hope you do too.

One book that caught my eye a few weeks ago is South of Superior by Ellen Airgood. It's a relatively new release, and it's written by a Michigan author and set in Michigan, so we've had it on the front display in the bookstore where I've been able to ogle it on a daily basis. I've been meaning to start it, especially since I read Airgood's Modern Love column in the New York Times. Also, I just really enjoy books with small town Michigan settings.

Here's what it's about:
"When Madeline Stone walks away from Chicago and moves five hundred miles north to the coast of Lake Superior, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, she isn't prepared for how much her life will change.

Charged with caring for an aging family friend, Madeline finds herself in the middle of beautiful nowhere with Gladys and Arbutus, two octogenarian sisters-one sharp and stubborn, the other sweeter than sunshine. As Madeline begins to experience the ways of the small, tight-knit town, she is drawn into the lives and dramas of its residents. It's a place where times are tough and debts run deep, but friendship, community, and compassion run deeper. As the story hurtles along-featuring a lost child, a dashed love, a car accident, a wedding, a fire, and a romantic reunion-Gladys, Arbutus, and the rest of the town teach Madeline more about life, love, and goodwill than she's learned in a lifetime.

A heartwarming novel, South of Superior explores the deep reward in caring for others, and shows how one who is poor in pocket can be rich in so many other ways, and how little it often takes to make someone happy."
I just think it sounds so charming! And I adore the cover--it's very sweet and colorful and welcoming.

What have you discovered lately?


1 comment:

sugarpeach said...

This sounds like a cozy read...
I discovered A Christmas Singing by Cindy Woodsmall while searching through the Internet book lists. Can't wait to read it. The book sounds really good.