MOTIVATION for READING: I understand that a Blog Talk Radio discussion will be this week? Except I did not write down any info on the particulars anywhere I can find and now will have to search out whether or not this is true unless some kind person comments and lets me know (hint, hint). Dawn at Too Fond of Books sent me this – THANKS!
WHAT’s it ABOUT: This novel captured in a 31 hour time period in New York City follows various viewpoints of family drama and a terrorist act: a mother intuiting that her son is in trouble, the girlfriend of the son who is worried about her sister, the sister who wants her parents to get back together, a homeless guy whose job is the subway, and the young man who is or will link them all together. Powerfully intense and subtly wrought with emotion. (If “subtly wrought” isn’t a contradiction.)
WHAT’s GOOD: Tightly woven and intense. Chilling. I found myself feeling sympathetic and swept away with each story line. I don’t know if I was convinced by the young man’s reasons for resorting to a terrorist act, but maybe that’s the point.
WHAT’s NOT so GOOD: The fact that I picked this book to read NOW when a flight to Detroit was almost blown up caused me great discomfort. I felt very depressed about the state of the world and the terror we must deal with. And how getting through security at airports is just going to get more annoying; I question *our* ability to stop crazy people and some of the steps we take to try. I get upset at people who think we can or the government MUST stop them. I get very confused and frustrated with the concept that we rely on the government to perfect our lives. [On the other hand, I have a Libertarian friend who says the government should only be responsible for TWO things: national defense and roads.] This book is excellent at presenting a glimpse into terror and stirring up the ambiguities.
Dawn’s review at Too Fond of Books <– she links to a video trailer!
S.Krishna’s review at S.Krishna’s Books
Masha Hamilton’s website link for this book