Sunday, October 17, 2010
The Sunday Salon: Work, Women, Music, and Meds
Instead of reading, I'll be working most of today. I like my paycheck so I'm not complaining about the occasional weekend of work. What's really bothering me is that I'm going to be near the beach and near one of my favorite independent bookstores ... and no time to visit either one. Kind of a bummer but nothing I can do about it.
Back in July, Beth Kephart wrote about the literary luminescence that is American Music and oh my ... she is so right, as she is about so many things. This book is breathtaking. It is so hard to describe the wonder that is contained in these pages, but it is magical and sad and supernatural and oh-so-real and filled with love and history and so very much more. It is also written in a very spare and almost perfunctory style, which would otherwise not be appealing to me, but in this novel it works so very well. There are many, many passages of pure grandeur ... so many that it is going to be hard to choose just one or two for reviewing purposes. It is the type of book with characters whose stories you want to read forever. Oh my goodness, I just love this one to no end.