Technically last week, which is this week as I write this. Does that make sense?
As I write this part of this past at least, I am watching a bit about kids who are different in Australia — the kind of kids who look different, and aren’t like the others — I don’t want to use the word normal, because in every sense of the word, aside from their looks, these kids are normal. The segment on the The Project also highlighted The Wonder, which yes, every time the trailer comes on I sob. I can’t help it. Has anyone read this?
In other news, Australian didn’t legalise gay marriage, but the results of a postal survey to take the temperature of the country, so to speak, about legalising same-sex marriage came in this week and YES won emphatically. The NO vote was emphatically CRUSHED — not even a majority in any state, but the conservative fear-mongers are already at it, working out how to change anti-discrimination law, and using everything they can to make this vote about every one of their misguided, bigoted fears instead of actually same-sex marriage, which you know unless you’re in a same-sex relationship really does not have anything to do with you. AT ALL.
Whew. I have feelings about this.
Anyhoo, I have feelings about these recs too:
WHEW. This book. The Goodreads blurb really only tells you so much, but this review does much more to put things in perspective: The book is told in alternating timelines surrounding Hadley. She tries to commit suicide after her parents are killed in a plane crash, even though her little sister is still alive by virtue of missing the flight. The crash investigator begins to dig into the crash, and Hadley and instead of a picture perfect family, what evolves is a family held in the grip of her father’s violence and a mother who won’t do anything. Hadley lives to protect Lila, but when she falls in love, her father realises that to control her, he has to turn his attention to Lila. So where does that leave Hadley? … and to me, after reading the second blurb, I have to wonder — was the accident really an accident? This whole blurb gave me chills and made my heart sore at the same time.
That time you go to a Blogger night at Hachette Australia, get a gorgeous arc of this book — which is a retelling of Beauty and The Beast from the Beast’s perspective, and the next thing you know you’re doing a readalong with the author and your book club on Whatsapp. Yup.
I’m putting this here, because reading this blurb just 100% made my shoulders and neck soften and I smiled — while keeping an eye on my new iPhone, which at 6 days old has to go back to the store bc the receiver is effed, and I don’t even know why. So as you can imagine, I was not in a good mood while waiting for the thing to back-up, which also: iCloud effing sucks. I’m still not over it, as you can see, so that’s why this deserves a spot on this rec list: because it’s about a lady with a mobile library, a shitty husband and her realisation that she may not belong in London any more, but where she is right now, with her mobile library is just where she’s supposed to be. Ahem. I have emotions about this one for many reasons.
David Duchovny wrote another book. Goodreads bills this as a supernatural NY love story, which yes, it got me. And also DD is writing it. Emer lives in New York and seems to be trying to figure out what life has in store for her. Is it just that she’s supposed to be in NY with her boyfriend Con, with dreams of writing? It’s loosely based on a play called The Only Jealousy of Emer, which yes, I had to look up, and has a cast of mythical figures from all around the world, which is what got me the most. Also David Duchovny. Who else is hanging out for the next Xfiles??
Alright, this touches on not-nice subjects that mums you may not like, so I thought I’d lead with that: it’s based on a true story in part (a US murder case), and is translated from French, and by a Moroccan author. Louise is the perfect nanny for Myriam and her husband. She’s everything they’d want, and their children love her, but the parents and the nanny is such a complicated relationship, and with these three, it brings jealousy, resentment until everything implodes. … and like all implosions, there’s nothing good about it. There’s something about the cover, about the perfection in it that could be a child’s torso or a nanny that grabbed me. It reminded me of a horror movie costume I’d once seen, but this is a different kind of horror. I wish I could truly explain why I like crime novels — I usually go with the idea that it’s the bad guys (almost) always get their just desserts, but sometimes it’s about the questions they force us to ask about humanity and all sorts of things we don’t want to think about. And that’s where this blurb led me.
Well that’s enough deep thinking for me! What about you?