Since I have no prospect to finish a book very soon (I’m still trying), I thought I’d mention those volumes that are lying around on my nightstand and close to the breastfeeding pillow:
- Benjamin Black, Christina Falls: I can’t begin to say how good this is. I enjoy every single beautifully-crafted sentence. If I’d time, I would copy some bits here (maybe if a future baby nap allows it). I’ve actually slowed down on this one so that it would last longer!
- Ethan Canin, The Emperor Thief: I’ve mooched it on hearsay, and I’m enthusiastic about this discovery. These are actually novellas more than short stories. I’ve really enjoyed the first one, The Accountant and if it takes me ages to finish the rest I might post on that story only.
- Elizabeth Taylor, Wreath of Roses: somehow my interest for the 3 female friends who experience loneliness and depression (IMO) has cooled down since the baby’s arrival. I wait for something to happen, but it’s very slow-moving and not quite adapted to my current need and mood.
- Virginia Quarterly Summer Issue: I’ve read the short story Tale of the Teahouse by Kanishk Tharoor and I thoroughly enjoyed it even though I think I’ve missed a lot of deep meaning. It looks like a mythological, sad tale from the 1001 Nights or some other Asian country. It’s available online if you want to take a look!
- Agatha Christie, Death in the Clouds (aka Death in the Air): in audio-book, a classic closed-room mystery, except that it takes place on board a plane. It takes a lot of concentration to listen to the plot during the baby’s feedings because there are so many characters… I definitely have no energy to second-guess Hercule Poirot on that investigation.
Obviously, I won’t make any post on ‘Fess Up Friday Challenge anymore, but I hope that once Baby Smithereens will be sleeping full nights I might be able to write a little on the margins…