Monday, May 18, 2009

Book List: Sad, but Powerful, Self-Help Does Divorce and a Sue Miller Tale of Two Marriages

Three more library books:

Tomato Girl by Jayne Pupek: This is the heart-breaking tale of 11 year-old Ellie who's dealing with a mother with psychological issues and a father who's having an affair with the "Tomato Girl." It is a powerful story that is worth reading despite the sad events.

Daisy Dooley Does Divorce by Anna Pasternak: This novel tells the story of Daisy, a 39 year-old, recently divorced woman who is childless, jobless and living with her mother. Daisy is a self-proclaimed "self help guru" (aka, she's obsessed with self help books) and this makes for some interesting philosophy sprinkled throughout the novel. This book took me a few chapters to get into and I found parts of it totally unbelievable, but it sucked me in in the end. The hope of a happy ending kept me going.

The Senator's Wife
by Sue Miller: I was a little weary of this one as I've read several Sue Miller books and found them a bit depressing. She's a good writer, but her marriages don't usually end well. Not sure what she has against happy marriages. Anyway, this one is a bit of the same story, but with some happy twists. The Senator's Wife tells the story of Meri, a 37 year-old newlywed who is newly pregnant, and her neighbor, Delia, the seventy-five year-old wife of a famous former senator. It's an interesting tale that revolves around the nontraditional marriage of Delia and her philandering husband. A bit of a slow read and not my favorite, but an interesting story.

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