Since we spend a bit of time on the lake through the summer, I’ve been devouring at lot of books – all kinds of books – and thought I’d share a few of my recent favorites.
Just minutes after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother ordered from her own infant son so that she may care for this tiny, privileged baby. Laila Ingrahim’s first novel, Yellow Crocus, is a thoughtful story of the tenuous bond between two women from disparate, yet seemingly forever intertwined backgrounds.
John Elder Robison was labeled a “social deviant” even as a young boy. He planted his baby brother in a five foot hole, tried to teach would-be friends the proper way to play with blocks, and sent an inflatable sex doll to a hated junior high teacher, yet it was not until he was 40 that he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. Look Me in the Eye is a darkly humorous memoir of Robison’s social missteps – and early genius in pyrotechnics, electronics, and math – as he learns how to fit into a world that still struggles to understand this complicated disease found on the Autism spectrum.
In Things We Set on Fire, we find a family burdened with lifelong secrets and careening toward the ultimate meltdown… a series of tragedies brings Vivvie’s young grandchildren into her custody, and her two estranged daughters back under her roof. The flaws found in each character are authentic, and reveal the wounds parents and siblings can inflict on one another, as well as the healing that only a family bond can achieve.
While I thought I was choosing books at random, it looks like there is a common theme running through these selections – family. What makes a family? How do we manage these complicated, tangled relationships? Food for thought!
This is just a snapshot of my latest reads. What are you reading right now?