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These novels will get you crying, relating and appreciating life with all its small details. Read on for Diwan’s drama book recommendation for March and get binging.

A Pure Heart (Diwan’s book recommendations)

by Rajia Hassib

A powerful novel about two Egyptian sisters, their divergent fates and the secrets of one family.

Rich in depth and feeling, A Pure Heart is a brilliant portrait of two women in the twenty-first century, and the decisions they make in work and love that determine their destinies. As Rose is struggling to reconcile her identities as an Egyptian and as a new American, she investigates Gameela’s devotion to her religion and her country. A stirring and deeply textured novel that asks what it means to forgive, and considers how faith, family, and love can unite and divide us.

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Where the Crawdads Sing 

By Delia Owens 

The story follows two timelines that slowly intertwine. The first timeline describes the life and adventures of a young girl named Kya as she grows up isolated in the marsh of North Carolina from 1952 to 1969. The second timeline follows a murder investigation of Chase Andrews, a local celebrity of Barkley Cove, a fictional coastal town of North Carolina. Where the Crawdads Sing is a heartbreaking coming-of-age story which reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family

 By Mitch Albom

Chika is an orphan girl in Haiti that was diagnosed with a disease that no one in Haiti could treat.
Mitch and his wife, Janine, bring Chika to Detroit, hopeful that American medical care can soon return her to her homeland. Instead, Chika becomes a permanent part of their household, and their lives, as they embark on a two-year, around-the-world journey to find a cure. As Chika’s boundless optimism and humor teach Mitch the joys of caring for a child, he learns that a relationship built on love, no matter what blows it takes, can never be lost.

Trust Exercise

 By Susan Choi

Pulitzer Finalist Susan Choi’s narrative-upending novel about what happens when a first love between high school students is interrupted by the attentions of a charismatic teacher.

As captivating and tender as it is surprising, Trust Exercise will incite heated conversations about fiction and truth, friendships and loyalties, and will leave readers with wiser understandings of the true capacities of adolescents and of the powers and responsibilities of adults.

The Starless Sea

By Erin Morgenstern 

A mysterious book Zachary discovers relates not only fairy tales, but a story about Zachary himself as a boy and a magical painted door he left unopened. This portal would have led him to the Starless Sea, a labyrinthine underground repository of stories embedded in paper, ribbons, skin, funeral shrouds and candies. When the adult Zachary reaches this wondrous realm via a literary party at the Algonquin Club, he becomes enmeshed in a lethal battle to save the Starless Sea from destruction.

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