Last night we helped friends celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary... a very memorable evening. Storms and high winds are in the forecast this afternoon and evening. The Sunday farmers market dinner will go on, but we'll avoid grilling just in case.
Finished this week//
The Mothers by Britt Bennett
Set in a contemporary southern California beach town, the main characters in this novel share ties to a black community church. "The Mothers" refers to a group of influential, but gossipy, older church women. Many serious issues are explored in The Mothers - family, love, loss, grief, friendship, secrets, and more - but it would be incorrect to say the novel is about any one of them.
The main thing to know is that Brit Bennett's writing is excellent! In fact, the writing is the real star of this debut novel. After reading just two or three pages, I already had several passages marked. The characters rang true and, despite some frustration with their bad choices, I enjoyed the story very much.
It's hard to believe the author was only 25 when she wrote this book. I'd say Brit Bennet's future looks bright!
God's Kingdom by Howard Frank Mosher
This is the first book from my Book Culture Selects quarterly paperback fiction subscription - a very thoughtful Christmas present from my daughter.
Set in a rural Vermont area bordering Canada known as Northeast Kingdom, the twelve chapters of this book make up twelve fragments of Kinneson family history. They are descendants of abolitionists and whiskey distillers, but the stories center on Jim Kinneson during his adolescent years in the 1950s. Not something I would have chosen for myself but, after three chapters, I am enjoying it.
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George PackerFor Rachel's readalong... I'm approaching this as a read/listen combination and just passed the 50% mark. Look for my thoughts on Part I this week.
Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony TrollopeRemember how much I loved Trollope's Barsetshire Chronicles? Well, the #PalliserParty will begin at the end of the month. Feel free to read along... the more the merrier!
On the blog//
Review: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
In the kitchen//
My favorite meal this week came from inspiralized.com. I use my spiralizer frequently at home and decided to purchase one for my Florida kitchen, too. (I foresee a Weekend Cooking post in the near future!) Anyway, this Lemon-Dill Zucchini Pasta with Shrimp and Capers was absolutely delicious. After the prep, cooking took less than ten minutes.
Photo of the week//
Ibis on the beach
How was your week? What are you reading?