Day 1: The Best Book You Read Last Year
I don't know why I agree to do these lists. Liz enjoys making me crazy, and I guess I feel the need to make Liz happy. Maybe 2014 will be the year I refuse to do these Sophie's Choice type of lists but for now...here we go. We will be doing one question a day for the next 30 days.
|favorite book of 2012|
|2nd favorite book of 2012...|
|Jeanette Winterson...not "normal"|
What can I say? I am a sucker for the John Cheever-esque family saga. Families broken open in the midst of their American dream lives satisfy my fiction loving soul. Thus, I'm picking In Between Days by Andrew Porter as my favorite book of 2012 (followed closely by Adam Johnson's The Orphan Master's Son because I also can't get enough of the crazy that is North Korea). Andrew Porter's first novel is terrific.
This is a story of family, modern life, the rot under surface of "the good life." It's a book about unfulfilled dreams. Best of all, it's a literary novel with terrific writing that doesn't bog down. It's a book that's stuck in my head.