Daily Archives: April 30, 2010

Books of the Month – April 2010

I loved two funny British books this month:

And another mystery, this one based in Alaska, White Sky, Black Ice.

And finally a more serious book, Devotion, a ruminating memoir that can please a non-ruminator like me!

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The Hole We’re In by Gabrielle Zevin

I guess that The Hole We’re In is the obligatory contemporary novel about the folly of American families living beyond their means. The start is awkward, with the family’s ten-year old daughter’s aging to a mysterious 16 in just four years. Maybe that’s the kind of math that leads her mother to overload all the family’s credit card and start applying for more in her (adult) children’s names. The characters are mostly caricatures. There’s the smart, self-reliant older son and the spoiled, demanding, otherworldly selfish older daughter. The religious nut father and his domineering, vampy professor. The daughter’s black boyfriend who is a football superstar and cannot swim (please!)

The only glimmer of interest lies in the second part of the book, when the younger daughter returns from Iraq (where she went to qualify for college tuition, which her always loving father denied her because she left the church) and tries to resume her married life with great difficulty. The drama feels real, even if for only 50 pages.

For the rest… How many clueless abortions can one family take?

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