Since Will has immersed himself in the Great American Writers, I've spent a lot of my time re-reading sections of Faulkner, Hemingway and Fitzgerald novels so I can try to carry on a half-way intelligent discussion with him. It's been a while since I read anything by those guys, and it's hard to remember story lines, much less characters. I've been trying to gently nudge him toward Great American Women Writers, and I'm happy to report that he did choose Carson McCuller's The Heart is a Lonely Hunter from my bookshelf. I've strategically placed Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty and Willa Cather novels around the house.
But I have read /listened to quite a few newer books in the past months, too, and wanted to share those. Here we go.
First off, Night Watch is the third installment in the Devlin O'Quinn mysteries, written by our dear friend. I usually don't read crime mysteries, but these are so good -- maybe I like them so much because they revolve around a loving family and friendship. You can read this (and her other two books) on your nook (here) or kindle (here). Plus, book #4 (Unnatural Selection) is available, installment-style, at her blog, Wait A Week Mystery.
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, one of my favorite books from last year.
The Distant Hours by Kate Morton I thought I was downloading the most recent Kate Morton (The Secret Keeper), but must have mis-clicked. I will read The Secret Keeper soon, but first I need to recover from this one. It's kind of rambly, and I never did understand the fictional allure of the fictional children's book that this fiction is built around. See, rambly I tell you. I did, however, really like the development of the mother-daughter relationship between the main character and her secretive mother. The relationship between the castle-dwelling sisters? That's a little messed up. Interesting, but messed up.
And, I want to write like this:
I finished this novel this morning at 6:00, and decided today was the day to finish my book report post so that I could tell you how much I loved this book. The Husband's Secret is a tragic story, but more than anything, it's a story of survival. How can you survive tragedy? How can you survive the truth? Egads. (I am going to guess this book will become a book club favorite in the very near future.) This novel is so artfully woven together with comic bits, and romantic bits and heart-wrenching bits. I would suggest you read this one. Soon, so we can talk.
(Clay is reading it. I heard him laugh last night, and then a few minutes later he read me a paragraph he thought was especially touching. I just hope he's not mad at me when he's done. We shall see.)
What to read next?