Monday, May 23, 2016

#MMBBR #Review The Faces of Strangers by Pia Padukone @PiaPadukone @HarlequinBooks


The highly acclaimed author of Where Earth Meets Water returns with an arresting exploration of family and culture 

When native New Yorker Nicholas Grand applies for an international student exchange program, he thinks it's an opportunity to broaden his horizons and meet some interesting people. He never imagines that a single year would have repercussions that would follow him throughout his lifetime. 

Nicholas is sent to Estonia, where he meets shy, sensitive Paavo, his beautiful sister, Mari, and their gruff father, Leo—a family grappling with the challenges of life in a small country struggling to assert its post-Soviet identity. Nicholas sets off on an unforgettable journey through a foreign landscape that ultimately teaches him that some bonds can never be broken. 

Bridging two uniquely captivating cities, The Faces of Strangers traces the intertwined lives of two seemingly symmetrical families from extraordinarily different worlds. This compelling odyssey through friendship and self-discovery illuminates the universality of how deeply we are defined by our connections with others.


The Faces of Strangers is such an original story, unlike many others I have read.  It mixes policies, family, foreign lands and unlikely similarities of families from two very different places.  It is a compelling read and beautifully told.  4 stars


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