Challenge: Classics Club, CC50_part2, WiaN – inspired by Ann Patchett
Genre/Theme: Adult Fiction, Southern Lit, Grief
Type/Source: Tradeback/Book-A-Holic purchase
What It’s About: Laurel is the daughter of the “Optimist”. She is in her mid-forties, and her mother has been dead over 10, maybe 15 years already. Last year, her father the Optimist up and married Fay, who is maybe forty but probably only late 30s and looks even younger.
Let’s just say that Fay is a piece of work. The southern ladies would say, “Bless her heart”. Actually, I don’t think they even bother with that. All the menfolk think Fay is tender and helpless and to be pitied. The women, not so much.
UGH. (Fay really appalled me.)
Father dies, Laurel manages (by which I mean that she “processes”), Fay annoys and despairs.
Thoughts: Please please please let me know your thoughts if you have read this. I wrote on a Litsy review:
So very much to think about! Packs a punch and not only because it is about grief but about personality, society expectations (and burdens) and perception. Would be a terrific book club book.
Rating: Four slices of pie. Probably on me that I kept getting confused who was who at the funeral. Could be a fiver.
You’ve got pies three deep in the pantry, and an icebox ready to pop.
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