In Praise of Mary Doria Russell
Many years ago, I discovered The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell and loved it, but somehow with all of the other books on my list, I never revisited her work. Then, this year, Doc hit our featured titles table. I snagged a copy and devoured it in three days. It was so good, I was compelled to read every work of fiction she ever wrote.
Russell is a social and biological anthropologist by profession, and this seems to lend her an uncanny insight into the human heart and psyche. Her books are so exquisite, their beauty may bring you to tears. All of her books are highly recommended for book clubs.