On the other hand, the extra hour this weekend means I get to spend a little more time with what is shaping up to be one of the best books I've read this year.
Tracy Winn. (Isn't that cover gorgeous?) This debut fiction collection of ten linked stories spans six decades in the lives of the residents of mill-town Lowell, Massachusetts. It begins with a splash in the mid 1940s with a mysterious but progressive-minded woman working in the hosiery mill - and with one of the best first lines I've ever read:
"Lucy Mattsen was nobody - like all the women I worked with - until the day the baby fell out the window." (from the first and title story, "Mrs. Somebody Somebody.")
The stories continue with a soldier's return from the Korean War ("Blue Tango") back to a domestic life that only resembles that which he left behind and contains shards of deception ("Glass Box," one of the best short stories I've ever read). It continues with his children's lives ("Frankie Floats") as we follow the characters - who are connected with the town's mills - through the modern day. I have two more stories to go before finishing Mrs. Somebody Somebody (which I plan to do today ... somewhat reluctantly, I might add.) If you enjoyed Olive Kitteridge (as I absolutely did), I think you would also enjoy this.
Speaking of books enjoyed, many a book blogger has been raving about The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. I spent most of my pre-and post-Halloween days with this 466 page novel ... and sadly, I'm not among those singing this one's praises. I thought this would be spookier and scarier than it was (and I'm very much not a mystery novel kind of girl, so that's fine with me) but at the end of the day I found myself not liking or caring much about any of the characters. Which is kind of a disapppointment after spending so much time with them ... but whatever.copyright 2010, Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy, The Betty and Boo Chronicles) If you are reading this on a blog or website other than The Betty and Boo Chronicles or via a feedreader, this content has been stolen and used without permission.