Since I have had a slight academic focus lately (The Small Room and Old School) I think I need to bump All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost, by Samantha Chang, higher on the TBR list. The novel is about three students of poetry and their professor and reflects on what it means to accomplish something and why to we want to do so. S. Krishna reviews the book here.
I have not read The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty which won the Pulitzer in 1973. The slim novel describes a young widowed woman who travels back home to the south when her father falls ill. As Rachel of Book Snob describes, “This whisper-light, brief beauty of a novel is astounding when considering the true weight of the messages it carries.” – who could resist after a description like that.
This week my book group had an interesting discussion on looking back to the past and making some sort of acknowledgment of what occurred and some reflection on where we are now. And then I read a review of Safe from the Sea on Page 247 – a tragic accident at sea, the impact on the sole survivor and his family and a looking back so we can go forward. This one looks like it may be a good one.
Last Sunday, I mentioned The Wrong Blood by Manuel de Lope and this week it is reviewed by the New York Times here.
The Times also reviews God on the Rocks, a 1978 novel just now available in the United States by Jane Gradam, an English author. A coming of age story, a part-time preacher for a father, a secular nursemaid, and exploring the world – it all sounds like a hodgepodge but it also sounds somewhat fascinating.
My musings have been interrupted a lot today so I cannot remember where I saw mention of this next book: Origins: A Novel by Diane Abu-Jaber which is described as a literary mystery. Lena is a fingerprint specialist investigating a series of baby deaths but the novel is also about Lena’s past. I am in the mood for a mystery with a little more bite so I have placed a hold on this and will let you know when I finish.
Enjoy the fall leaves while they last and happy reading.