Sunday, April 15, 2007

Reading List

I broke my nonfiction streak in Aspen with three bestselling novels. The Memory Keeper's Daughter is a pageturning saga of how a single, major error in judgment affects a family and those around them. Absent Friends is a mystery set in post-9/11 Staten Island. The setting is better rendered than the mystery is, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. And I'm still reading Middlesex, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel by the author of The Virgin Suicides. It traces the genetic inheritance of an abnormality in the narrator by looking at the history of his/her family, and it manages to weave together the burnings of Smyrna and of Detroit in a clever and readable way.

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