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Saturday, August 10, 2013

On to the Next Book: The Butterfly Sister or a Meatier Meal?

I'm finishing up The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison as I write. I think the last 27 pages will be powerful, but I will let you know. As of right now, it has been entertaining, with a smidgin more serious action relating to discussions about Adlerian psychology. That was a plus. Jodi, the protagonist, is a psychotherapist, after all. Her therapy with Gerald, years before the novel's action, is a minor subplot, but it's cleverly done. The main action dwells on Jodi, her estranged soon to be ex-husband Todd, and his impending nuptials to the young pregnant daughter (early-to-mid twenties) of one of Todd's and Jodi's friends. (Well, of course, Todd is going to be a father for the first time.) Actually, much of the novel presents two points of view--each chapter about Jodi is followed by a chapter about Todd and so on. The novel is set in Chicago but this is not, not a book that emphasizes setting. If you like Chicago, you will be disappointed. Would I have read it if I had known what I know today? Absolutely.



So for my next book I want more candy. I think this is because of the anxiety-producing chaos that descends upon my life each year in mid-August. On my Nook I have The Butterfly Sister by Amy Gail Hansen, which has just been published (August 6). I caved for the hype; excuse me, I fell for the blurbish synopsis and the reviews from PW, BooklistLibrary Journal, Kirkus. It's gothic, a mystery, and suspense, with lots of links to women writers of the past.

But in my other hand, I tell myself, I should have a book I promised myself I would read this summer. One of the big four: Bel Canto, The Sweet Tooth, Flight Behavior, and how could I have forgotten the fourth? Oh, well, I'll let you know where I stand.

4 comments:

  1. Yes, you must read Flight Behavior, quite a good read, excellent protagonist, Appalachian setting, discussion of global warming in a pleasant way concerning Monarch Butterflies.

    I don't know anyone who read it who didn't like it.

    I have had Bel Canto on my gigantic TBR list for three years since friends recommended it. Another friend also raved about it recently. So, I must read it this year!

    Just saw the Booker Prize nominees, lots of tempting books there.

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    1. Hi, Kathy--
      Yes, I must read Flight Behavior very soon. Thank you for the nudge on that title.

      Do let me know when you read Bel Canto and what you think of it!

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  2. I've missed they hype surrounding The Butterfly Sister, but The Silent Wife sounds interesting.

    Flight Behavior is very good, easily my favorite Kingsolver since Prodigal Summer. I should finish this afternoon...and will be facing that 'what to read next' decision, too!

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    1. JoAnn,
      I'm so glad that you've said that Flight Behavior is your favorite since Prodigal Summer, because the latter is my all-time favorite Kingsolver novel! I loved being swept away by The Poisonwood Bible as well.

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