These Granite Islands: A Novel - Sarah Stonich What a gorgeously understated story. Books like this are usually overlooked in favor of those with more flash and dazzle, and that's unfortunate. There is so much more care and skill in Sarah Stonich's writing than in those slapdash bestsellers. The author was an artist before teaching herself to write, and I was taken with her use of color throughout the story, and her artist's way of seeing that infuses every page. The book is very much character driven, and I wanted to spend even more time with the affable, comforting Victor, his wife Isobel, and their sweet little daughter Louisa. And also Isobel's friend Cathryn---disturbed and reckless, but also enthusiastic and generous and prone to grand gestures of friendship. [4.5 stars]