My name is Kendra Robinson. My family moved to Evanston five years ago from Chicago because our daughter attends Baker Demonstration School. My husband and I work in the private aviation industry and spend much of our time working on our fixer-upper house.
1) The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North (2014)
This is a wonderful twist on a time travel story, with shocking twists and a wonderful main character. Beautifully written and structured.
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My name is Peter Ferry, and I live in Evanston. I am the author of the novels Travel Writing and Old Heart which was named the Chicago Writers Association Novel of the Year for 2015. I am a frequent contributor to the travel pages of the Chicago Tribune, and my stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Fiction, StoryQuarterly, Chicago Quarterly Review and the current issue of Fifth Wednesday.
1) The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay (2016)
A tour de force! A masterpiece! The best book I’ve read this century. Honest!
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My name is Virginia Quiñonez, and my partner and I just moved to Evanston this fall. Besides reading, I love hiking, music, and film festivals. I work at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
1) The Time in Between by Maria Dueñas (2012)
This is one of my favorite books in recent years. A classic romance and mystery novel with a different kind of heroine.
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The qualities that make her books so appealing can be seen in this delightful interview in the NY Times. Higgins Clark comes across as down to earth, “normal,” and as a woman with much life experience. Her most recent novel just came out recently. The Lost Years is a mystery in which one of the characters commits a serious crime in order to claim the only known existing letter written by Christ.
When 59 year old Trish Vickers went blind from diabetes, she began writing a novel hoping to find a publisher. But her dream was short lived after her son discovered that the pen she used had run out of ink and that 26 pages of her manuscript were completely blank. In good detective fashion, she appealed to the forensic service of the Dorset County, England police. Using a technique which shines light on the indentations in the paper made by the pen, the text was recovered. Agatha Christie couldn’t have written a better plot. Read the full NYT article here.