Narrated by Will Damron and Julia WhelanChallenge: For Tournament of Books Genre: Contemporary Lit Type/Source: Audiobook/Audible – my 1 free monthly credit
WHAT’s it ABOUT: This is a story of a marriage. An exceptionally privileged white boy “Lotto” short for Lancelot and his mysterious soul mate, Mathilde. The first half of the book is Lotto besotted in love and failing as an actor but becoming wildly successful as a playwright. The second half is Matilde’s side of the story.
WHAT’s GOOD: It’s artsy, it’s sexy. There’s a lot of sex in this. I was utterly fascinated, truthfully. Though it has been accused of being full of ‘purple prose’ and being pretentious and humorless, I enjoyed it. I thought it suited the smugness of the couple. I guess I will admit my favorite color is purple. I found it amusing.
What’s NOT so good: Pretentious? I kept going back and forth between thinking “I bet some will find this very pretentious.” Especially when they named the dog. I admit, I liked Lotto’s side more. I wish I didn’t. Matilde is so unlike anyone I would ever hope to know! We meet Lotto-types All. The. Time. By the end, I was ready for it to be over so it dropped a half point just for tiring me out.
FINAL THOUGHTS: If you think you might like this, you might. If you can’t stand people who are selfish and smug, skip. Go read the commentary at the Rooster and don’t worry about spoilers — in fact, it was almost spoiled by suggesting there was a big WOO HOO and it wasn’t really anything in my opinion.
RATING: Four slices but could be 3 1/2. Thus and however, if I had to pick a favorite of this to Turner House? Tough tough tough because very different books. I think I might have to say the Flournoy. GO TURNER HOUSE GO!!!! Cheering for it since my bracket is bust at this point.
(Written but not posted before the round announced that The Turner House will advance. YAY!)
Pie Mentions: YES, tons. Many: pumpkin, apple, “Oh girl pie – don’t take it so hard.”, pies cooling on the windowsill, “Yoders Pie”?… The ‘winner’ must be the nickname the other children at his boarding school gives Lotto can not be typed because it is not the kind of language I use here at Care’s Books and Pie.
Of course, I loved that while Matilde was grieving, she made pie…