Monday, July 15, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

So last week I finished a couple of books:  Summertime, All the Cats are Bored, a great thriller from Philippe Georget, and The Bone Man, by Wolf Haas, which has to be a silliest crime novel I've ever read. This month I'm reading only 2013 releases, but the books I'm reading now are meaty and substantial and will probably take me the rest of the month to finish. Therefore, you may be hearing about them in Monday posts for a while yet.

The Son, by Philipp Meyer, is an amazing-so-far Western set mostly in Texas and detailing the lives of several generations of the McCullough family. Eli is taken hostage by a Comanche group after his family is killed, and grows up among them. His son Peter deals with his father's complicated legacy in a bloody and merciless world. Peter's granddaughter Jeanine is an oil executive in the modern era, elderly and questioning her life. So we get an adolescent, an adult and an elder, looking at different points in their lives. It's fascinating and multilayered. So far I really recommend it for literary fiction readers.

Then I'm reading Fallen Land by Patrick Flanery, which is out next month. Flanery wrote the stunning book Absolution and so far this follow up is very promising. It's also about a legacy of violence, this time set in middle America and concerning racism and greed. Which The Son is sort of about, too.

So that's it for me. I expect these two to take me a while so I don't know how many more books I'll read before August and England/Ireland Month. What are you reading?

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Shannon @ River City Reading said...

The Son is now my favorite book of the year. It just kept unfolding and getting better, I could gush about it for ages.

Fallen Land is one of my next books, too and I'm SO excited for it.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Son is a chunkster, but I like the sound of it. Hope you enjoy both Marie.

bermudaonion said...

I'm excited about The Son so I'm glad to see you're enjoying it so far.

Mystica said...

New to me and I'm looking forward to your thoughts on The Son.

Audra said...

Fallen Land sounds GREAT! I just started Late Lights by Kara Weiss, who is Boston-based. Always love the local authors!

Anonymous said...

I jst finished Life After Life by Kate Atkinson and am now reading Yonalonsee...loved both !