I’ve had a really remarkable run of good books. Hopefully, saying that won’t jinx it! This week, I took a chance on a few new (well, new to me) books:
— Helen Simonson’s Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. Where has this book been all my life? I was a little surprised to find it set in the present, or near present, rather than a Thirkell-esque England of the 30s or 40s, but the characterizations of life in a small English village were just as brilliantly satirical, dealing with large issues and genuine griefs even as it gently mocks all the little absurdities of life.
— Thomas H. Cook’s Places in the Dark. This murder mystery reminded me a great deal of Gone Girl before there was such a thing as Gone Girl, a twisty, turny, elegant narrative with a taciturn first person narrator, elevating misdirection to a fine art.
— Sonali Dev’s A Bollywood Affair. I had the great privilege of sharing a panel with Sonali Dev at Warren Newport Library last month and finally, belatedly, picked up her first book, which it seemed that pretty much everyone had been telling I had to read. And everyone was right. It’s a contemporary romance set partly in Michigan and partly in India, about a Bollywood producer and the woman who was married as a child to his older brother. Watching Mili and Samir get to know each other and fall in love felt like hanging out with old friends. Now I just have to get my hands on her second book, The Bollywood Bride….
What have you been reading this week?