Finally finished “I Know This Much is True,” by Wally Lamb. Excellent read, but really long (and heavy! been carrying it around in my backpack)-it took me two weeks to get through, but it had me totally hooked. The story revolves around twin brothers-Dominick & Thomas Birdsley. Thomas is struggling with schizophrenia, and has been since the age of 19. Dominick is normal, however, he has a lot of his own life struggles and issues to get through. Filled with interesting and unforgettable characters, the reader gets to know the boys from childhood on, and learns as the story progresses, how everything in life seems to be connected, in one way or another.
Also finished “Marley and Me,” by John Grogan. I bought this last weekend, as I had been trying to get it at the library since it came out, and it’s always gone. This novel explores the real life ups and downs of a young married couple with their newly acquired yellow lab puppy, Marley. Another excellent read, especially if you’re like me, and are currently living through the naughty puppy years. This book is very entertaining, and very often hits the nail on the head as far as the trials & tribulations of puppy raising go. As Marley grows, his human family grows as well, and the reader is entertained and often touched by Marley’s adventures & exploits, as well as his human’s commentary on them. This is not just a story about a dog’s life, but is rather a story about how the unconditional love of a dog affected one growing family. I absolutely loved this book-it’s funny, and sweet, and touching. I gave it to my husband to read next, and then we’re going to pass it along to his mom.
Just started last night “Verbena,” by Nanci Kincaid. Looks pretty good so far-she’s a Southern writer, which I love, and the first chapter reads a lot like the Ya-Ya books, which I adored. I’ll let ya know the verdict later.
Tried to read “My Sister’s Bones” (the author’s name escapes me) prior to “Verbena,” but after reading the first couple chapters, I had to give up on it. The novel is primarily about the tumultuous relationship between two sisters as one battles anorexia. The writing style is very dry, and the plot action is slooooow. There’s nothing really there to draw you in. I just couldn’t bear to continue. Pfft.
Not to deviate from the topic, but I’ve also recently become hooked on a new show called “Hex.” Broadcast on the BBC America channel, this show IS the shit. I can’t imagine it would appeal to a large audience, but for those of us still desperately hooked on “Buffy,” this is a pretty fair replacement, with a cute British accent to boot. The plotline revolves around a young woman at boarding school, who unknowingly is there to fulfill a familial destiny that involves a fallen angel, a lesbian ghost, and hordes of demons (amongst other things). Sounds cheesy, I know, but it is in fact, very cool. There is absolutely no plausible reason for you not to be watching this show! You can also catch up with past “Hex” episodes on the BBC American On Demand channel.