|August 22 or 23 at Sussex Shores in North Bethany Beach.|
|Why so few people, you ask?|
The Fabulist (Stephen Glass): A journalist who, in real life, fabricates dozens of news stories for The New Republic magazine, and gets caught and fired, writes a "novel" about his downfall but never explains why he did it. Disappointing and embarrassing.
Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Jamie Ford): Story set in Seattle, with chapters bouncing back and forth between 1942 and 1986, about Japanese and Chinese immigrants, with special focus on Japanese internment camps. Love story with a sweet, some might say too sweet, ending. Nicely written but has numerous errors -- like a character who in 1986 joins an online support group. 1986? I don't think so.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Shirley Jackson): Wonderful writing, quirky gothic story about a nutty family with lots of secrets. Loved it. But it took days to get the creepy feeling out of my head.
The Unfortunates (Laurie Graham): Light, slightly comic novel set mostly in New York between 1912 and the 1970s. Graham is a British writer whose novels are snicker-funny, clever, and weave history with fiction. I will read everything she writes.
The Edge of the Pier (Martha Grimes): I tried. I really tried. But the first 50 pages of this novel were among the worst 50 pages I've ever read in a novel. How did this woman sell so many books?? I was very excited when I learned that Ms. Grimes set five of her novels in a real city in western Maryland very near to where my mother grew up. So I ordered four of the books. Pee-yew!
The Grace of Silence: A Memoir (Michele Norris): I borrowed this library book based on the title alone (I'm trying to be silently graceful these days, with mixed results). Book was wonderful but sometimes painful to read. The wounds caused by racism in this country are hard to face. We'd be a better society if everyone read this book.