There is nothing like a vacation filled with family, momentous occasions (high school graduation, reunion with college friends) to dynamite even the best of reading intentions. What I mean is: I didn’t finish Everybody’s Son until last night. Yes, I only read one book last week, which is…bizarre. OK, I binge watched the new season of Orange is the New Black, but don’t hold that against me, all right?! I have television addiction issues. Not really, but being in Cleveland also meant being caught up in the Cavaliers basketball fervor so I watched basketball for the first time in I-don’t-know-when.
Television excuses aside, it’s Monday and even though I’m still in Ohio, I’m getting back on the reading trail. This week I decided to dip back into historical fiction with an author whose last book I thoroughly enjoyed even though it was about a dark time in U.S. history—the 1950s and the fear of Communism. Much has been written about Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, but author Jillian Cantor focuses on Ethel in her novel The Hours Count. The female perspective made it that much more interesting to me. I’m hoping she does the same thing in her new novel, The Lost Letter, which is about Austria during World War II—a subject I return to time and again in my fiction reading!
I’m also hoping to finish Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. I have the audio version and listened to the majority of it on a three-hour road trip I made to Buffalo. It’s a stark reminder of the levels of poverty that can exist in the midst of prosperity and growth.