Sunday, June 28, 2009

June 28 - book review

(I used to have a pic of the book's cover included but it was huge, and for some reason this particular post keeps getting spam comments.  The only thing I can think of is that it might be related to the photo site.)
 
A Wedding in December (2005) by Anita Shreve
The author of the New York Times bestseller Light on Snow returns with a powerful new novel about old friends, a wedding, and a gathering that will change their lives. At an inn in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, seven former schoolmates gather for a wedding. Nora, the owner of the inn, has recently had to reinvent her life following the death of her husband. Avery, who still hears echoes from a horrific event at Kidd Academy twenty-six years ago, has made a life for himself in Toronto with his wife and two sons. Agnes, now a history teacher at Kidd is a still-single woman who longs to tell a secret she cannot reveal to the others, a secret that would stun them all. Bridget, the mother of a 15-year-old boy, has agreed to marry Bill, an old high school lover whom she has recently re-met, despite uncertainties about her health and future. Indeed, it is Bill who passionately wants this wedding and who has brought everyone together for an astonishing weekend of revelation and recrimination, forgiveness and redemption. This is Anita Shreve's most ambitious and moving novel to date, probing into human motivation with the grace and skill that have made her "one of the finest novelists of her time" (Boston Herald).

Finished reading this book last night, and quite liked it. Enough that I plan to have a look at her other books. The story was tame, rather mellow...no violence, no monsters, no huge tragedies, no graphic sex...but still emotional. While there were times it seemed maybe too monotone, like you just wanted someone to have a raging tantrum or *something* and sometimes the characters come across almost distant and cold, but somewhere along the way I found I was totally sucked into their stories. I was reading on my breaks at work, as usual, but was finding I didn't want to put the book down. I couldn't wait for my next break. I even started reading at home cuz I had to know how these people ended up. It's been rare lately that I bother to read at home. It was a fairly quick read too. I recommend it if you want a good leisurely read.

My sister brought me several books when she was here for Ty's party. Tonight I will be starting Angela's Ashes, by Frank McCourt. I haven't seen the movie either, and really know very little about it. I'm excited to finally be reading it.

And off I go to start.