I haven’t any shame about my love affair with books. I relish a seasonal reading rendezvous. Springtime’s flirtatious tease of sun, warmth, and longer days, provide the perfect setting for an outdoor tryst with a book. My spring 2012 reading list is in order. Perhaps I might entice you with four of my picks.
Carry the One by Carol Anshaw
I love a novel that explores human nature. I believe that a tragic event can leave such a marked impact on people; it becomes set in the soul. A tragedy manipulates a person’s life – sometimes positively and sometimes in a negative way.
Carol Anshaw may have captured the essence of how an accident can control people for years – maybe forever.
A wedding takes place. Naturally, it’s a day of gladness, dancing, and drinking. On the way home from the wedding, the celebration fades to black. A car packed with relatives and friends accidentally hits, and kills a young girl on a dark road.
The pain of that night won’t go away any time soon. For the next 25 years, the people involved in the accident constantly deal with the girl’s death. Sometimes I need the occasional upheaval of an emotional novel like this to accept with gratitude my mostly mundane life.
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
I bought two hardcover copies of this book for me and my daughter. I believe the literary novel, which brings to life the untold stories of a group of four independent women in ancient Israel in 70 C.E, will be a challenge to read. At least together, me and my daughter can decipher, discuss, and debate the book as we go.
At first glance, The Dovekeepers may seem tedious. It’s 512 pages long, and requires your complete attention to the details. It’s written in four parts. My daughter’s read further in the book than I have. She assures me that as the story unravels, it becomes comfortable to follow.
I’ve no doubt that while this novel is fiction it’s one of vast historic value. I’ve only read 30 pages. Already I feel I’m about to discover something important. If you want a reading challenge, and think feminists haven’t been around forever, I believe this book is a great choice.
Fragile by Lisa Unger
Lisa Unger has a way of infusing chill and thrill from the opening paragraph in her books. If you’re a fan of the coarse “dark and stormy night” scary reading, you’ll fall in love with this author. Some of my favorite Unger books are Beautiful Lies and Black Out.
Fragile is on my springtime 2012 reading list because once in a while I like to indulge in thriller genre. The book has the perfect mix of foreboding and unsettling human mindset. Toss in a stressed out marriage, a girl who mysteriously disappears, a dark secret that could ruin a family, and you have the perfect spring weekend read.
That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson Duchess of Windsor by Anne Sebba
I remember being a kid and hearing my mother and old maid aunts nattering about the British Royal Family and ‘Wally and the king’. I thought they were talking about a woman from our church. I had no idea who the king could be – especially in my little country town.
When I was older, my mom loved to share what she knew (mainly rumor and imagination) about the unsophisticated Baltimore born woman who “lured” Prince Edward away from his life as the would-be King of England. Over the years, I’ve read many accounts of Wally and Edward’s saga. They were all the same old stuff rehashed by various writers.
I’m eager to read That Woman from the perspective of Anne Sebba. Reviews point out the author, an acclaimed biographer, suggests evidence that supports the idea that Bessie Wallis Warfield didn’t want to marry Edward. Gasp! If that’s true, it changes so much of what I’ve always considered a true life fairy tale.