I’m currently reading a ridiculous amount of books, and decided to update you with my opinions on these four. I will publish full reviews of most of these books once I finish them.
The Hours//Michael Cunningham: (15% done) I already love this so much. It tells the story of three people: Clarissa Vaughn–a modern-day Mrs. Dalloway, Laura Brown–an unhappily married women living in 1950s California, and Woolf herself–struggling with depression while writing Mrs. Dalloway. I love Virginia Woolf and I can tell that Cunningham also loves her and understands her work in a very personal way.
Sour Heart (ARC) Jenny Zhang: (13%) This is collection of short stories about a girl growing up as a Chinese immigrant in New York City, where her parents struggle to find work and shelter, and she struggles to fit in. I read the first story already, and absolutely loved it. It’s told from the perspective of a first grader, whose love for her parents remains powerful throughout their struggles to survive in New York. Zhang has published books of poetry and is a regular contributor to Rookie Mag. I’m definitely going to finish this and write a full review soon.
White Fur: (22%) This book recently came out and I’ve been seeing it everywhere. It’s about an obsessive relationship that emerges between a rich Yale student and his high-school dropout/runaway neighbor. I received an ARC that I’ve read about 20% of, and I probably won’t read anymore. In my opinion this book was way over-hyped. The plot and characters are very flat and cliche.
Slouching Towards Bethlehem: (2%) This was recently on sale for Kindle and I’ve always wanted to read it, so I downloaded it immediately. This year, I read and enjoyed The Year of Magical Thinking and The White Album by Didion, and she has become one of my favorite authors. Like The White Album, Slouching Towards Bethlehem is a collection of short stories. From what I’ve read so far, I think I will end up preferring it to The White Album.
Let me know what you’re reading this month!