Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Book #16 of 2011

Strike One
I started The Lake of Dreams, by Kim Edwards (author of The Memory Keeper's Daughter), but quit a third of the way through because I didn't care about the characters, setting, mystery, or conflict.
Strike Two
Next, I began to read Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, but found it poorly constructed, and rather juvenille. 
At last, I discovered that Caroline Leavitt had a new (and I mean brand new) novel out.  She's a reliable storyteller, with a knack for explaining estrangements.  Pictures of You offers an intriguing premise: two women from the same town leave their husbands on the same foggy day.  They're involved in a car accident and only one of them survives.  The story deals with the unexpected ways this accident shapes the lives of the survivors.  There are dissppointments in this novel, but it was hard to escape thoughts of the characters whenever I was forced to put the Nook down. 

Pictures of You, by Caroline Leavitt (author of eight other novels) is book number 16  for 2011.

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