Alas, this is Michael Dibdin’s last hurrah. Our hero Auerlio Zen finds himself in Calabria, Sicily instead of his beloved Venice. It is a complex and mysterious community with centuries old vendettas. A complex story—of course well told and Zen wins a crime puzzle, yet again for the last time. Sigh…
Set in the seventies, this powerful story follows Holly, an idealistic, young woman newly arrived in New York City from Minnesota, as she teaches poetry to a group of remarkable and unforgettable studentsprisoners at the Women’s House of Detention on Rikers Island. Carol Muske-Dukes is the Poet Laureate of California. Her writing is vibrant and elegant, the narrative magical and transformative.
Christine Schutt writes stories in sentences so potent and perect that reading them almost literally gets me high. These are both slim little books, but they hit harder and stick with you longer than most novels on the market. Fans of Mary Gaitskill or Lydia Davis, give Schutt a shot.
Can too many mothers spoil the child? They do in the case of Henry House, an orphan raised in a college home economics “practice house” in the 1950s. Henry becomes adept at pleasing all of his “practice mothers,” but at a price. He’ll spend his young adulthood figuring out not only how to attract love, but how to give it. An insightful and bittersweet read.