1. The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adrianna Trigiani. Got swept up in the epic saga and didn’t see the end coming!
2. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Burbery. Again, an ending I did not see coming.
3. Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness By Tracy Kidder. A heartbreakingly true story.
4. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. Another sweeping saga of twin brother who become doctors and their journey from Africa to America.
5. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. Fiction based on the roundup of Jews in Paris, May 1942. The story flows back and forth from the victims in 1942 to a modern day journalist retracing the past.
6. Room by Emma Donoghue. The very premise is a tear-jerker: child born in captivity to his mother and her sexually-abusive jailer.
7. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. They carried malaria tablets, love letters, 28-pound mine detectors, dope, illustrated bibles, each other. Story of men at war.
8. Life of Pi by Yann Martel. this would be even more of a tear-jerker in a second reading, once one comprehends the ending…
9. Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel. Another “hard-to-read” great read by Martel.
10. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. Powerful, heart-wrenching story of love and healing.