Every Last Cuckoo by Kate Maloy – I don’t have much to say about this book other than I just didn’t like it. I thought there were a couple of implausible things that happen, and I never really connected with the main character, Sarah. I read this book for my book club, and some of the women who liked it mentioned that perhaps I wasn’t in the right place in life to enjoy it because the main character is *ahem* mature at 75 years old. I still maintain, though, that a GREAT book will surpass age, culture, religion, and gender. Yes, it might speak to you differently if you can relate, but it shouldn’t be any less powerful.
The Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer – Ultimately this book is about marriages and how we never really truly know the person we’re married to. Which, great premise, right? This book would have been right up my alley, if Greer had been a bit more subtle and not tried to beat me over the head with YOU NEVER REALLY KNOW THE PERSON YOU’RE MARRIED TO. *cowers* I get it! I know I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but neither am I the dullest. “We think we know them. We think we love them. But what we love turns out to be a poor translation, a translation we ourselves have made, from a language we barely know.” –pg 3 Love this quote! Except for there’s about 20 more just like it, scattered throughout the book.
Wishin’ and Hopin’ by Wally Lamb – I make no secret about loving Wally Lamb. Loving him to the point of wanting to fling my panties (and myself) at him. This is a short little Christmas story about Felix Funicello (distant cousin to Annette Funicello) in the fifth grade of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parochial School. Felix’s school year is thrown upside down when he gets a substitute teach from Quebec who isn’t as harsh as the other teachers, and Zhenya Kabakova, a Russian student who arrives in the middle of the year in his class. What I loved about this book is how Wally Lamb get’s Felix’s voice just right. I could hear Lamb in my head narrating the story in a slightly high-pitched, and certainly mischievous, voice. This is the perfect holiday book.