Monday, June 15, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I finished Billie last week, which I liked OK. It actually had a pretty sweet ending. And then I treated myself to a Cesar Aira book, An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter, about an artist traveling in Argentina who has an unfortunate encounter with a lightning storm. It's kind of a Don Quixote story and weird and wonderful the way Aira always is.
This week I'm reading What Ends, by Andrew Ladd, published 2014 by New Issues, Western Michigan University. It's a debut novel set in Scotland about the last child born on a fictional Hebrides island. Trevor is born to a family that owns a pub and small guesthouse; they have two older children and everyone must deal with a vanishing way of life, growing up and growing older.
I don't remember where I heard about it but I asked for it for Christmas last year. I might have seen it at my old bookstore. Anyway it's really good, with beautiful writing and characters I've already come to love, even though I'm only three chapters in. So far the book focuses on the children, especially Barry and Flora, Trevor's siblings.

I have a feeling I'm going to be able to recommend it once I'm done. If you see it around check it out!

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Mystica said...

Making a note of What Ends.

Audra said...

I love the cover and the sound of the novel -- adding it to my TBR. Am trying to get away from so much genre lit this summer -- said as I wade my way through a 500+ page historical novel! :)