In the High Peaks

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Calling Atkinson Fans and More Books, of Course!

Alas! I'm very sorry to report that I had to bid farewell to Life after Life by Kate Atkinson. I was on page 122 (of 526 pages) and had to make the hard decision: I'm not enjoying this book. Flipping forward in the novel I found more of the same of what I was not enjoying and worse to boot, so it's sad, but I must say goodbye. I tried to appreciate it, I tried to read on, but every page, every chapter left me hollow. I'd love to hear from people who read this novel and liked it, so please do give your thoughts! I would welcome them.

Onward! I've started reading the recently published The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer, and I feel I'm on solid territory with this one. Phew! I feel terrible when I ditch a book, so I'm glad I've landed safely. I especially enjoyed an interview with Wolitzer in BookPage magazine about her writing and approach to this novel. Fascinating, actually. I know I've read Meg Wolitzer before, not to be confused with Hilma Wolitzer, of course, whose books I also like very much.


  1. I haven't read that Atkinson book but I ploughed my way through her When Will There Be Good News - and there never was! It was a doomfest, so I'm wary of her now. Thanks for the warning!

    1. Ooh, gosh! And I was tempted to read that one, too! I'm glad I didn't. I appreciated rather than liked Atkinson's Case Histories, which has been her most popular novel in the U.S. I remember feeling glad I'd read it, but it was a stretch for me. I'm just not one of her fans, I guess.

  2. I think yours is the first negative review of the Atkinson book which is very interesting. I think I will still read it though....