Good Stories

  • The Queen of the Night

    Perfect for:  Lovers of page-turning, historical fiction (Paris, opera) with a serious twist at the end.

  • This is How it Always is

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Those looking for a beautiful investigation of a loving family learning how to handle their son who is a girl at heart. Lovers of wonderful writing coupled with a fascinating story of the times. Readers interested in transgender identity.  

  • Do Not Become Alarmed

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Fans of page-turning thrillers set amongst a South American cruise vacation. Those who don't mind a storyline about the disappearance of children. Readers of mysteries coupled with an exploration of marriages and parenting.

  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Readers interested in historical fiction set in a Japanese POW . Lovers of forbidden love stories. Fans of fiction that jumps between the past and the present in Australia.

  • Shantaram

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Travelers, nomads, and those with wandering spirits. Readers looking for a sweeping epic told by an escaped convict who becomes involved in Mumbai’s underworld. Anyone interested in stories of India.

  • The Long and Faraway Gone

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of a contemporary thriller. Readers interested in two unsolved crimes that come back to haunt the survivors while bringing these two strangers together. Anyone fascinated by the workings of memory and the impact of violence on its survivors.

  • The Disappeared

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of romantic, historical fiction. Readers interested in the story of a young Canadian compelled to travel to war-ravaged Cambodia in search of her first love. Fans interested in Pol Pot’s reign of terror.

  • Homegoing

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of international fiction. Readers looking for a sweeping epic that follows the descendants of two half-sisters in Ghana, whose lives take vastly different turns. Anyone interested in African culture and history.

  • The Children

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Fans of contemporary, often humerous, fiction that explores wealthy, dysfunctional families. Readers interested in a seemingly perfect fiancé entering one family's realm, and the problems that ensue. Anyone who loves a character who collects mass followers by engaging in a false persona online by way of...

  • The Universe Versus Alex Woods

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of coming-of-age, quirky stories about a friendship between a young boy and a Vietnam vet. Fans of characters who don't fit in to mainstream society. Readers interested in a main character who's been struck by lightning AND stopped for carrying marijuana at the beginning of...

  • Mudbound

    Lovers of historical family fiction Readers interested in the story of a young woman struggling to raise her children on her husband’s farm when two young war veterans come to work the land. Fans of multi-perspective literature.

  • The Expatriates

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of fiction told from the POV of three, distinct women. Readers looking for the story of a group of ex-pats living in Hong Kong, all intertwined by way of one, tragic moment. Anyone interested in learning about the perks and pitfalls of living in a...

  • Caucasia

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of racial politics and civil rights issues Readers looking for a story about a girl of mixed race, separated from her sister and forced to hide her true ethnicity as she and her mother hide from the law. Fans of 1970’s politics and sisterly love

  • The Nest

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of page-turning fiction set in upper-crust NYC society. Readers looking for a story of four siblings fighting over an inheritance. Fans of multi-perspective fiction.

  • The Dogs of Babel

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Dog-lovers and love-lovers Readers interested in the story of a linguistics professor who tries to teach his dog to speak after the sudden death of his wife Anyone looking for a touching page-turner about a man’s love for his wife and his canine companion

  • Kitchens of the Great Midwest

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Readers looking for a quirky character named Eva and her rise to chef stardom. Lovers of good stories with family-centered themes (and a heart-tugging back story). Anyone interested in Scandinavian lutefisk.

  • Safekeeping

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Readers interested in the story of an NYC drug addict transplanted to an Israeli Kibbutz. Lovers of historical fiction with a secret. Like a significant sapphire brooch with a story. Fans of characters from all different backgrounds, religions, beliefs with a hodgepodge of personalities thrown in.

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of coming-of-age stories Readers interested in a story about two best friends growing up in a small New Hampshire town Fans of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  • The Obituary Writer

    In 1919, Violet is an obituary writer who pines for a lost love. Stuck in 1960s suburbia, Claire is unhappily married to a guy who looks good on paper but doesn't get her. The narrative alternates between both women as they struggle to move forward in their emotional lives. The...

  • A Man Called Ove

    Ove is the grumpy neighbor who has more going on underneath than meets the eye. When a new family with two daughters moves in next door, Ove is in for a bit of an-eye-opener. And a flattened mailbox. Perfect for: Lovers of quirky characters. Readers looking for a light-yet-substantial read....

  • The Art Forger

    Clair Roth is a young woman struggling to become an artist in 1990. As she scrapes by, trying to earn a living, Clair meets an influential gallery owner, Aiden Markel. The two seal a deal in which Clair promises him a forgery of a famous painting. When she receives what...

  • The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

    Reading more like linked short stories, this narrative explores the story of Hattie Shepherd and her many children during The Great Migration. Perfect for: • Readers looking for fiction that explores race. • Fans of loosely connected vignettes. And Oprah’s picks. • Anyone interested in the difficulties of being both...

  • The Light Between Oceans

    In post-World World I Australia, Tom and Isabel, a lighthouse keeper and his wife, struggle with infertility and loss on an isolated island. When a boat washes ashore carrying a dead man and an infant girl, Tom – desperate to please his grieving wife – accepts to raise the baby...