Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Favorite Books of 2010
I love this author. I have enjoyed all her books and this newest novel was my favorite yet. Her stories are fairly simple mysteries, easy to follow along and a good light (although long) read. Sometimes you just start a book and know that it is going to be good and well written from page one... and that is the case with this book.
"Hush... Can you hear him?
The trees can. They are the first to know that he is coming.
Listen! The trees of the deep, dark wood, shivering and jittering their leaves like papery hulls of beaten silver; the sly wind, snaking through their tops, whispering that it will soon begin.
The trees know, for they are old and they have seen it all before."
If you look this book up on Amazon you can read the first bit. I find this is a great way to see if a novel will be worth reading.
This book is a heavier and more difficult read. It is the story of a little black girl sold into slavery in the 1700's in Haiti. The story spans many decades and even though historical, it will make your heart ache for what the slaves went through for so many years at the hand of the white man.
"...he invited me to lose myself in the music, the way you do in a dream. Dance, dance, Zarité, the slave who dances is free...while he is dancing, he told me. I have always danced."
Another favorite author, who books are never a let down (Including Rush Home Road and The Girls). This novel is about a married and morbidly obese woman. I usually do not like "down in the dumps" type characters, but my heart went out to this character as she struggled with her weight, her husband leaving, her emotionless mother and her search for meaning in her very self-centered life. It is a little glimpse into the mind of someone with obseity.