YAY: "THE CHRONOLOGY OF WATER" - LIDIA YUKNAVITCH
“Out of the sad sack of sad shit that was my life, I made a wordhouse.”
NAY: "SARAH'S KEY" - TATIANA DE ROSNAY
I admittedly picked this book up looking for a quick read in between bigger literary ventures, and though I went in with pretty low expectations, I still found myself sizeably disappointed. This book shifts between past and present, exploring the lives of a Jewish family in France during World War II and an ex-pat American woman in today's Paris. The story-line has so much potential, but de Rosnay's attempt to tie up loose ends makes an incomprehensible tragedy into something too neatly-packaged to be believed. Moreover, the characters came across as lusterless and two-dimensional, something that often occurs in over-researched historical fiction, in which more attention is given to environmental details (time, setting, etc.)
Finally, I've been doing a bit of prose-writing myself (!!!), thanks to Sarah's writing group at Desirous of Everything. Metronomes is a piece I started back in my undergrad days and have recently begun to renovate. After years of exclusively focusing on poetry, I'm a little out of my element, but having a delightful time nonetheless.
What are you reading right now? There's always more room on the "To Read" list!