Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Finding Buoyancy

My So-Called Ruined Life by Melanie Bishop


Tate McCoy is sweet 16, and her life is just beginning. Unfortunately, she's got far too much to deal with, even for the child of divorced parents. That's because her estranged mother - who was an alcoholic - was murdered and her father is on trial for the crime. Thankfully, Tate seems to be on the way to figuring out how to handle it all and still have fun - well, at least partially.

Bishop opens her novel with the following compelling paragraph that sets the whole story up perfectly:

It’s one thing to lose your mom shortly before your sixteenth birthday. It’s another thing to know she was murdered. When they decide it’s your dad who did the murdering, nobody cares that you disagree. He is hauled off; you are farmed out. If you are wondering about how this could get any worse, try living with this fact: you and your mother had not been getting along—barely speaking—for almost two years.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A Novel that Sweeps in like the Tide

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki


We’ve all read books where the first thing we’ve wanted to do when we finished reading the last page was to start over again from the beginning. Ruth Ozeki’s latest novel “A Tale for the Time Being” is certainly one of those books; but it also isn’t one of those books. The reason for this is, while it is almost certain you will be enchanted by this novel, you might get the feeling that a second reading could change the way you were initially affected by the story. This is partially because you won’t be the same person you were when you first started reading. It may also be because the story itself will be different – either for you or that story itself will change. This might not make a whole lot of sense – at least not until you’ve read this book!