Greene Book Recommendations
By: Jamie Ford
"For twelve-year-old Ernest Young, a charity student at a boarding school, the chance to go to the World’s Fair feels like a gift. But only once he’s there, amid the exotic exhibits, fireworks, and Ferris wheels, does he discover that he is the one who is actually the prize. The half-Chinese orphan is astounded to learn he will be raffled off—a healthy boy “to a good home. The winning ticket belongs to the flamboyant madam of a high-class brothel, famous for educating her girls. There, Ernest becomes the new houseboy and befriends Maisie, the madam’s precocious daughter, and a bold scullery maid named Fahn. Their friendship and affection form the first real family Ernest has ever known—and against all odds, this new sporting life gives him the sense of home he’s always desired.”
By: Annie Barrows
This humorous novel is set in Macedonia, West Virginia in the late 1930's. Layla Beck, daughter of a U.S. Senator, has rejected the suitor chosen for her by her father and has been forced to take a job for the Federal Writers' Project. She rents a room from the eccentric Romeyn family and begins to write a history of Macedonia. Felix Romeyn, divorced father of two, volunteers to show Layla the town's noteworthy landmarks, and Miss Betts, the town librarian, helps Layla with research. The end product is anything but complimentary to the town's Brahmans but is a captivating read to everyone else! This novel is full of quirky characters and subtle humor. Fans of books like Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns will love this novel. Highly recommended.