This week we have the usual fabulous offerings, moments of head scratching, and shenanigans. We are pleased to present to you the following: some drama, the City of Lights because it would seem we ALWAYS have Paris in these reviews (would someone please just go ahead and send us all to Paris. We’d be eternally grateful), children, some toiling, a sensational scandal and a friend that no one should have.
Let’s get started!
Citizen Asha has just finished “ Mice by Gordon Reece. Shelley and her mother compare themselves to mice: small, meek, easily targets. Both women deal with conflict from their friends and her father. They move to the English countryside to escape the drama, however, one night the drama comes to find them. The women find themselves tested and pushed to their breaking point. This causes Shelley to question whether or not they are “mice” and if they are not, what are they?”
Barbara M can as usual be found dreaming of her beloved Paris. “I’m reading A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition by Ernest Hemingway. This edition supposedly presents the book as the author intended it to be as opposed to what his fourth wife Mary edited it into. It’s a wonderful portrait of Paris in the 1920s.”
Abby has just read a favorite amongst the Desketeers,The Family Fang. “This one may sounds like yet another vampire book, but it is not. The Fang Family is made up of Caleb, Camille, Annie, and Buster. Caleb and Camille are wholly committed (and committable?) performance artists who fully immerse themselves in their art. Their children, referred to as Child A & B in art publications to give them a false sense of privacy, have no choice but to be full participants in their parents "events." While the parents may believe art is the tie that binds, it can also be a destructive force. Creating beauty can be an ugly business. It is an interesting mix of humor, rejection, and conditional love.”
Pat reports in with the following: " I have just finished reading The Buddha in the Attic by Jukie Otsuka. It is a short book with powerful story about the young Japanese brides traveling to America to meet their new husbands; spending their days toiling in the fields enduring hard work and much humiliation; and ending up in the round up of the Japanese in the Internment camps. The author's writing style was different because she focused on subject matter more than character development, but I still enjoyed the message of the book.”
Marianne is doing some rethinking with her pick of Faith by Jennifer Haigh. "This is a story of a priest accused of sexual abusing a young boy. The priest's sister narrates the tale that is filled with the complicated interactions of their Irish-Catholic family. And while I couldn't put it down and read it cover to cover, I later questioned whether or not I, the reader, had been manipulated by the author who was exploiting a sensational scandal. However, after talking with others who've read the book and didn't see it that way at all, I've reconsidered and decided to take a second look at this book."
I love the hilarious Practical Jean by Trevor Cole. After watching her mom waste away from a painful and ultimately fatal cancer Jean decides that no one she loves should have to suffer like that ever again. And Jean? She is just the woman to help you out with that. So if Jean happens to be your “friend” I would be very very careful if I were you. Honestly? I was snickering on the train this morning. Which makes me look as unhinged as Jean herself. I am totally fine with that if it means I get my own seat.
Have a wonderful weekend.