Shorts – opinions, not books

Books I’ve read lately…in case you were wondering…

Undiscovered by Debra Winger – stylized autobiography – made me think the actress really wanted to be the wordy English professor played by Kevin Kline in “The Extra Man.”    The prose gets heavy with metaphors and poetry.  One positive note: it’s very short.

Arctic Chill by Arnaldur Indridason – murder thriller mystery set in Iceland – with lots of references to this volcanic island culture.

Love and Summer by William Trevor – follow-up of the Lucy Gault story, this one has Irish lovers again with atonement and the usual conflicts of religion and passion – good Irish story, if you are in the mood.

The Possibilities of Sainthood by Donna Freitas – I remember the nuns proclaiming that we would have gone straight to heaven if only we had died before turning seven (the age of reason).  Antonia is 15 and lives in this Italian Catholic world, where she is yearning to become its first living saint.  Targeted for young adults, the book has humor and possibilities.

And yet to finish…New York by Edward Rutherford, the author of Sarum and London – lengthy sagas full of historical references.  This one starts in New Amsterdam in 1664 and promises to be another engrossing ride all the way to 2009.  Rutherford makes you believe it really all happened his way.  Just hope I finish the 862 pages before it’s due back to the library

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