Just got home last night, so apologies for the late response to Betty's cue to pick a new book.
And of course, I can't decide, so time for a vote:
1. Something old: Jane Eyre or The Scarlet Letter. I haven't looked at either of these since high school. Wanted to reread JE before seeing the movie, but Hawthorne is shorter, and rereading "Young Goodman Brown" a couple months ago made me want to go back to Hawthorne.
2. Something newer: These choices are kind of cheats because I finished them on our trip: Sticking with memoirs, we could read Joan Didion's A Year of Magical Thinking about her husband's death. A little slow, but a tender portrait of a celebrity marriage that worked amid reflections on loss.
A Bigamist's Daughter by Alice McDermott. I loved and hated this book. Would love to hear someone else's take on it. If it were made into a movie, it would be rated R for sex and language, but lots of Catholic overtones. Young unmarried editor at a vanity press gets into a relationship with one of her authors who can't finish his book about a bigamist. She also is sorting through her feelings about her parents and other relationships. Interesting, sometimes irksome characters, but I was intrigued by the conclusion.
Short stories by William Trevor: A Bit on the Side. I'm actually not quite done with these. But like the McDermott, I'm having a love/hate relationship with the book. Mostly love. I hadn't read any Trevor before.
Something different: The book from the pope, Light of the World. I just ordered it for my dad for Christmas and it came to my house instead of going to him.
So cast your votes. I'm open to suggestions, too, if there is something else you've loved and want to share.
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