Bound for Nicaragua in the 1980s, the Friesen family leave behind all of their friends and possessions in pursuit of peace activism. But what 10-year-old daughter Juliet views as a fun adventure masks a more troublesome tale of political naïveté and marital woes. And as Juliet grows into adulthood, the ramifications of her supposedly carefree childhood in Nicaragua become clear. Fans of The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver and Paul Theroux’s The Mosquito Coast will love this one.
The Juliet Stories, Carrie Snyder, $23.