Greetings Book Lovers! Thank you for taking the time to read this. I appreciate all of you and I hope you are all well. I’m going to bounce right in. Week 32 covers August 7 – 13. Let me know what you think, as feedback is always appreciated.
The Last Days of Dogtown by Anita Diamant – I borrowed this as an e-book from the Boston Public Library. I found this appealing mostly because I know where it is. I have not been there. The idea of an abandoned town intrigues me. What happened to the people that lived there? Why did they leave? Did something catastrophic happen? What make a town just die? In this case, I just think it’s a place that isn’t that inhabitable. The land is rocky and it would probably take too much money and effort to change that, despite its proximity to Gloucester. In this novel, the author uses the legends associated with the town to create a story of the last people that were living there and how and why they may have left. I thought it was quite good. I’m giving it 4 stars.
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne – I received this as an e-book from the publisher via NetGalley. This was an incredible story. This may be my new favorite for the year. I have read a couple of books by this author, but usually it’s YA fiction centered on WWII. His YA books are normally horrifying. This is adult fiction, so don’t expect him to hold anything back. This tells the story of Cyril and what it was like to grow up in Ireland as a homosexual. But it is also about the church being unforgiving and what popular opinion can do to someone’s reputation. It also deals with prejudice and so many other things. This story is really well written and it is compelling. I had a hard time putting it down. I was actually late to a party because I HAD to finish. I’m not going to give all of the details. This book will probably make you cry at least once. Regardless of that fact, I definitely recommend this one. I’m giving it 5 stars.
And that is it for Week 32.