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Peeing My Pants With Book Anticipation – July 10, 2010

I don’t mean to be a Debbie Downer with all my heavy and dark books, but those are really my favorite books. The darkness in this one isn’t subtle!

This book was recommended by my friend Michele (@readandbreathe) (I know! I featured one of her book recommendations last week too!). I really really really can’t wait to read it.

Elegies for the Brokenhearted by Christie Hodgen

• Hardcover: 271 pages
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (July 19, 2010)

Pushcart Prize–winner Hodgen (Hello, I Must Be Going) builds a stunning melancholic portrait of damaged Mary Murphy in five elegies for people whose tawdry lives have shaped her own. The taciturn protagonist, growing up in a dying industrial town in the 1980s, is dragged from home to home as her beautiful mother serially marries and treats Mary and her sister, Malinda, like so much luggage. In Mary’s wrenching and unflinching voice, we hear stories of people who eventually abandon her: her mother’s deadbeat brother, Mike, who drives the girls to school in a muscle car named Michelle and disappears one day without a word; Mary’s pathetic schoolmate, Elwood LePoer, who inadvertently connects Mary’s family with a father figure and who pays a stiff price for a naiÌêve act of trust; James Butler, a failed gay composer who Mary believes will connect her with her long-lost sister, and finally, her mother, who serves as the book’s selfish, deluded heart of darkness. Each elegy is a riveting trip into dark and essentially humorless territory made especially worthwhile by Hodgen’s gorgeous prose.

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10 Responses to “Peeing My Pants With Book Anticipation – July 10, 2010”

  1. Sandy

    Is it possible to cry and pee your pants at the same time? I think so.

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  2. Rachel @ MWF Seeking BFF

    I just have to say that I absolutely your pants-peeing header. meant to say so last week. It’s just fab and totally captures the exact feeling I get when I am super excited to read something and am waiting for that perfect moment to crack it open.

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  3. zibilee

    I also like the sound of this book as well. Some of my favorite books are the darker books I have read. There is something about exploring the darker notions of life that really interests me.

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  4. B.Kienapple

    Wow this looks lovely. Looking forward to it.

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  5. Erica

    this sounds like something I’d like–and i love the cover.

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  6. Patty

    I wanted to love this book and I just did not…I could not even finish it.

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  7. Staci

    I read a review on this one last week and thought it sounded wonderful..bring on the dark!

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  8. Lynne

    Yay for dark! My last two books were Cut in Half (about a woman in a car accident) and I Will Carry You (about losing a baby at birth). I’m also reading Cutting for Stone on my iPad and loving it.

    After reading “dark” for a while, I’ve moved on to some light fiction…Still Missing (about an abduction) lol

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  9. Sheila DeChantal

    This sounds interesting…. and your post header… makes me laugh 🙂

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  10. B Jas

    Hilarious! Love this site — keep up the good work 🙂

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