Foster, by Claire Keegan
“You will never forget this novel because, from the first sentence, the story comes alive and the characters reach out for us from the pages. A young Irish girl narrates her experience of going to live with an unfamiliar couple on a farm. It’s a story about childhood, told with such beauty and with such respect for the growing heart of its main character that I consider it to be one of the best books ever written. In other words, I would take a bullet for this book!”
Recommended by Simon van Booy, the author of three novels, including The Illusion of Separateness ($24, amazon.com), out this month.
To buy: from $5.50 (used), amazon.com.