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I’ve had a mixed week of reading. Earlier in the week I finished The Wanderers: Stories by Edward Belfar and posted a review as part of a TLC Book Tour. The stories were centered around characters who find themselves disillusioned, failing at marriage or jobs or relationships, and searching for some kind of redemption and hope. The writing is good – and the characters stayed with me long after I finished reading their stories, but the collection has a feel of despair about it too. I am offering a giveaway of the book (thanks to the publisher) to my US and Canadian readers. The contest is open through January 29th. Go to this post to enter.
My next read was The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell which I must admit was just way too dark and depressing for me (read my review). This book has been getting mostly rave reviews around the blog-o-sphere so I expected to enjoy it. Despite fluid writing and a narrative which moves well, the novel left me feeling disheartened rather than hopeful.
So, I was a bit leery about picking up another book with dark themes…but I was stunned and blown away by The Colour of Milk by Nell Leyshon. I have not yet written my review of this book because, to be honest, I just needed a little time to absorb what I had just read. I read this novel in just under 24 hours – putting it aside for only short periods of time when I had to do something else. I just could not stop reading Mary’s story – written in the first person and in the compelling voice of an illiterate English farm girl. I will tell you this – I did not expect the ending which made me gasp and whisper “Oh no.” The Colour of Milk is a 5 star book for me – and don’t be surprised to see this slim novel on my Best of 2013 list at the end of the year. I hope to have a review up by the end of the day.
Last night I picked up White Dog Fell From the Sky by Eleanor Morse. The cadence, style and gorgeous writing reminds me of novels by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche. I quickly fell into the story of Isaac Muthethe who has escaped danger and apartheid in South Africa for the uncertainty of Botswana in 1976. And yes, there is in fact, a white dog in the story. I have a feeling this one will be quick read for me.
Yesterday was rainy and yucky at our house, but today the sun is shining brightly and the sky is a brilliant blue. I think Kip, Raven and I will have to take advantage of the weather and go for a walk later. I will also be reading Eleanor Morse’s book after a bit of quilting. Sounds like a perfect Sunday to me!
How about you? What is in YOUR plans for today? Whatever you are up to, I hope, at some point, it includes a great book!