What I’m Reading – July 2017

This month was even busier than June was – what with frantic rehearsals and tech week, shows every weekend and trying to play catch up during the weekdays.  So sadly I only finished 2 books this month.  Here they are:

Breathing Water  (T. Greenwood, 1999 – Amazon)

breathingWaterI need to read more of this author’s work!  T. Greenwood’s lovely poetic style paints vivid pictures without being wordy.  The story concerns Effie Greer, a troubled young woman who had fled the picturesque New England town of Lake Gormlaith following the accidental (or was it?) death of a teenage neighbor girl, caused somehow by Effie’s abusive boyfriend Max.  The scene is set several years later as Effie returns to the lake, following Max’s death, and must deal with the memories and scars to effect her own emotional recovery.   We learn about Effie and Max through a series of flashbacks that gradually reveal the truth about their relationship.  But when a handsome stranger moves into the cabin next door, Effie has to decide where her heart lies – in the past?  Or the future?

I Capture the Castle (Dodie Smith, 1948 – Amazon)

I capturethecastleI first read this book about 10 (ish) years ago… and frankly all I could remember of it was the beginning and the end.  So I pulled this little gem off the bookshelf, dusted it off, and started in again … and within a chapter or two quickly remembered why it’s on my “keep” bookshelf.  The narrator, 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain, tells the story through a series of journal entries written over the course of a summer in mid-1930s England.  With incisive wit and piercing insights, she writes about her quirky once-famous writer father — now suffering from permanent writer’s block — her model-turned-nudist stepmother, and her Jane Austin-esque older sister Rose, who all live in a dilapidated castle in the English country.  Enter two American gentlemen who have inherited the estate the Mortmain’s rent the castle from.  The result is a series of missteps, mishaps, and miscommunications, all told charmingly from the point of view of a 17-year-old who is finding both her feet and her voice.   Well worth the read (and re-read!)

Currently Reading:  The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald).

I never had to read this for school, and I’ve never seen the movie.  But I’ve heard enough about it that I finally decided to give it a try.

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