My reading year has started out with a bang – three excellent novels:
- This Must Be the Place: A Novel – Maggie O’Farrell
- Young Jane Young – Gabrielle Zevin
- Delores Claiborne – Stephen King
All were well-told stories of complicated (aren’t we all?) people and relationships. All three were filled with dead-on observations of human behavior and familiar situations. All had satisfying endings that weren’t tied up in that trite happily-ever-after way that gets on my nerves. I’ve read Stephen King (Misery and 11/22/63) and Gabrielle Zevin (The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry) before, but this was my first taste of Maggie O’Farrell’s work. I will be seeking out more.
I’m enjoying three other books (two non-fiction and another novel), and if this keeps up 2018 will be a mighty fine reading year.
What are you reading this month?