Monday, November 6, 2023

It's Monday, and I'm Reading

Hopefully I'll be finishing up these two books tonight and have some new ones for you next Monday but for now...

Jeannie Vanasco's memoir, Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl, is an unusual memoir made up of mostly dialogue and transcribed conversations, about a woman's attempt to make sense of the rape she suffered at the hands of her high school friend. Vanasco wants to know if good people can do bad things, and if it's possible, or desirable, to forgive them, and if it's possible for those people to understand what they did and face up to it. I don't know!

Mary Elizabeth Braddon's 1862 novel Lady Audley's Secret is basically about a good girl gone bad. It starts with a character named George Tallboys, a British man returning to England from finding his fortune in Australia only to discover his wife Helen is dead. He spends time with his friend Robert Audley, a minor nobleman whose uncle Michael is married to a much-younger woman with a mysterious past. Then George disappears. It's a moody and suspenseful piece of 19th century atmosphere.

I'm also 14 chapters from finishing The Dragon Reborn, the third book in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. I might be done with that by next Monday, too.

What are you reading?

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