The latest book I've added to the "finished" pile is Lullaby. I think this book is written by a more mature Chuck that the lesser works (those published by Norton, because Random House pays my rent). Lullaby is the story of a reporter, Mr. Streator, who is writing a five part story on sudden infant death syndrome. In his interviews with five distraught families, he discovers that one poem from a certain collection of poetry is found at every home. After reading this "culling poem" to the child at night as a lullaby, the child never wakes. It dies, but peacefully. So begins Mr. Streator's own term as an angel of death and leads to an unlikely road trip to track down copies of the book.
|'Read' pile on the left,|
'To Be Read' on the right....
Crazy alien thing in the middle.
Lullaby does offer an interesting twist on the idea of censorship. If the world were to discover that a certain poem could kill if overheard, the idea of free speech would be destroyed for our own safety. I'm willing to argue that Dr. Laura's books kill and should be destroyed, but otherwise I'm with Chuck; free speech must be protected.