Jo’s Pick of the Week: Horse by Geraldine Brooks

The driving character of the novel Horse is Lexington, the most famous American racehorse of the 19th century. But this story is so much more than about a great stallion who sired champions. Geraldine Brooks uses Lexington as a backdrop to write about the consequences of one of this country’s greatest sins, slavery.   The sweeping novel effortlessly weaves back and forth from before the…

Andrea’s Pick of the Week: Dirt Creek by Hayley Scrivenor

I’m fascinated by Australian mysteries. Something about the Australian landscape lends itself well to crime fiction: the bleak, drought-ridden outback serves as the perfect setting for murder. Dirt Creek fits right into this, as the book is named for the town in which it’s set (also called “Dirt Town” by its residents). This small, rural place is slowly dying,…