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Friday, April 3, 2015

Where has the time gone?

I just realized that I haven't posted here in weeks! To make up for this, here is a quick look at some the the better books I've recently read.

Florence Gordon by Brian Morton  

Florence Gordon is the best novel I've read thus far in 2015. Florence is in her mid-70s. She is a Manhattanite, an academic, an activist and feminist. In the novel, Florence hits a peak in her career when her latest book gets a stellar review in the New York Times. Coinciding with this professional success, her college-age granddaughter, daughter-in-law and son rent an apartment in the city for the summer. How the family connects, and fails to connect, is the story. I greatly enjoyed this book.

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Red and Abby Whitshank are aging out of their large, comfortable family home. The winding down of life, as well as a telling of how their love began, is the story told in A Spool of Blue Thread. It is a family drama presented in three acts. A cozy read.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

This is a tense and disturbing novel about relationships gone bad. Very bad. Although frequently compared to Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, I think The Girl on the Train is darker, perhaps because of the main character's severe alcoholism and down-and-out status. A good psychological thriller with a conclusion that is completely surprising.

The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson.

It's 1909 and Maud Heighton is studying painting with other women at a Paris art school. Running out of cash, she lucks into a dream job as a companion for a young woman. Everything is great; until everything goes horribly, horribly wrong. Entertaining thriller set in an interesting time in The City of Light.


That's it for this post. More soon!