Monday, August 17, 2015
Digging to America, Anne Tyler: I've always thought of the USA as the "great melting pot," but this cast a whole other point of view on first generation immigrants as they maintain cultural identity while adapting to new norms and honouring blended family traditions. The characters were all well drawn, but one in particular is interesting to watch evolve, as she learns to let down her guard and rest the suspicions that isolate her from a true sense of belonging.
Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins: The thriller was a fast-paced and fun read. With all the press you know going in the narrator is unreliable, but it's still loads of fun as the author twists perspective and plot to keep you second guessing.
Broken Promise, Linwood Barclay: After I read this, I passed it on to Rob, who guessed the perpetrators and motives by mid-book. Entertaining, even if it was a bit predictable. Looking forward to parts 2 and 3 of the trilogy.
The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt: Even better after the second reading. I re-read this for the upcoming August Book Babes meeting. Loved it for all the same reasons as last summer, but this time around, knowing what comes next, I was better able to appreciate the author's technique and story telling.
To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee: The cadence of the story is beautiful. Non-hurried. I've read this novel at least three times - high school, university, and now. Each time something new stands out. I wasn't going to read it as I've also seen the movie and the play, so thought I remembered all the lovely details. The narrative is told as a woman remembering the summers of her youth, and so it was an interesting layer, as I remembered different passages a bit differently. Beautifully told from start to finish.
Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread, Chuck Palahniuk: Short stories, not for the squeamish or easily offended. Brash, shocking, vulgar, in poor taste... perfect for when you are feeling a bit bored and cynical. A modern O'Henry.