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Friday, March 19, 2010

Cathleen Schine

Reading her newest book and discovering her blog. AND a new (to me) word: SLEEP BLOGGING.

The Three Weissmanns of Westport surprised me, and I really like that. It almost failed my "three chapters and done" test, although I did love the writing right from the get-go. But the story seemed humdrum, and it was a library book... but something made me keep reading, and I'm so happy I did. The writing just delighted me.

Near the end of Chapter 3, daughters and mother discuss their new situation:

"The Joad family is more like it," said Anne.
And she could envision them clearly, their mattresses lashed to the roof of the jalopy, making their trek along the dusty roads...But she was mollified now, smiling at the thought, for "jalopy" was a word she had always loved.

The book offered so many unexpected turns. A story of the "infinite sky of elderly divorce," it's also about relationships- adult siblings, women, new friends, old cousins. New and old places, New York, suburbs. Death and near-death, old lives and new ones, both with secrets.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey, thank you for this post! I love your name. You know I used it in The Love Letter, right? With an s on the end, but still.