“Ottawa At Home” Editor-in-Chief Mary Taggart is a writer and a voracious reader. She is coming this summer with these books and wanted to share the titles and her descriptions.
Serrated Small Pill by Eric Smith with Alanis Morissette, Diablo Cody and Glen Ballard
The novel takes the Broadway hit, as suggested by Alanis Morrisette, in book format for a YA audience – the message not to bottle up your feelings is the same and now shared by the intimacy of a novel.
Every summer after by Carley Fortune
A look at summer love in Lake Country and what happens when it ends and when the main character faces it again years later, in rural Ontario, it should probably be a dock for any cottager.
book lovers by Emily Henry
A summer must read! This is a rom-com novel that takes a look at the book world with plenty of character-driven intrigue and a sultry romance like only Emily Henry can.
The Surgeon’s Daughter by Audrey Blake
An intriguing look at women’s health throughout history with a story about two female doctors in the 19th centurye century developing techniques to improve caesarean section. Their work is always under scrutiny, and when faced with a patient who needs surgery or will die, she has a chance to prove herself or potentially harm women in medicine if the procedure fails.
The Immortals by Chloe Benjamin
About a group of adolescent siblings who sneak away in 1969 to meet a psychic and are faced with predictions that shape their future. The novel explores the idea of fate and choice.
Notes on an Execution by Danya Kukafka
A thriller that looks at the final hours of a serial killer on death row through the eyes of the women in his life.
The things we lost by Maggie Giles
The story unfolds as a rematch for a woman in an unhappy marriage and the baggage of regret. Set in Toronto, the novel is about a woman who wakes up to a life completely different from the one she had led the day before.
Poison Lilies by Katie Tallo
A thriller set in Ottawa and a sequel to Dark August. When Gus Monet meets the descendant of one of the city’s founding families, she discovers a dark secret and sets out to uncover the past.
Take my hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
It is set in the 1970s and now about a young black nurse who became a doctor, faced reality and sought justice for an Alabama town faced with the manipulation of drugs to prevent pregnancy. The novel is fiction inspired by true events.
Marrying the Ketchups by Jennifer Close
For anyone drawn to tales of restaurant culture, this novel about the Sullivan family and the restaurant they have owned and run for generations will strike at your heart.
black cake by Charmaine Wilkerson
The story brings two estranged siblings together when their mother dies. They are forced to accept their mother’s past when confronted with her secrets and a history they knew nothing about.