Claudia Silver to the Rescue, by Kathy Ebel
Reviewer: Lauren Pinchin; age 29; Eugene, Oregon.
Her take: In the span of three months, Claudia Silver finds herself fired from her first job out of college; caring for her younger sister, who fled from their tumultuous childhood home; and embroiled in not one but two disastrous love affairs. I found this novel to be thoroughly entertaining and surprisingly thought-provoking. Ebel addresses issues of race, ethnicity, forgiveness, triumph, and relationships—with siblings, friends, mothers, daughters, and men—in a tender, humorous tone. This is a perfect summer book: Readers will start it on the beach under an umbrella, finding themselves laughing loudly at the narrator’s clever split-second comebacks, and keep coming back to see the drama unfold. After finishing it on the plane ride home, they’ll quietly ponder the subtle themes that ran throughout the entire story but were only fully revealed in the end.
To buy: $25, amazon.com.