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A lionized architect flees a real estate disaster in L.A. to hide in the soggy wilds of Seattle with her Microsoft wunderkind husband and her precocious daughter. There, they become completely mired in a bog of stultifying local mores, the petty social machinations of an ambitious neighbor and a work colleague, and perversions of sheer chance. As the plot thickens, a proposed family trip to Antarctica—which initially seems like a self-indulgent, exotic plan—may be their only hope. The satire and charm of this epistolary novel emerges in the unsaid, and the suspense is great.
Padgett Powell is funny and deep and very brave in his recent fiction. His last novel, Interrogative Mood, consisted entirely of questions, sometimes annoying, but more often than not, strangely witty. His new book, You & Me, features two nameless characters conversing, Waiting for Godot style about very little. Brief chapters direct skewed talk at subjects mostly having to do with language, and if you love language as much as I do, Powell's use/misuse of our mother tongue will have you in stitches for the length of the book. Full of jokes and tales that are neither jokes nor tales, but tropes in the southern idiom, that mock and chuckle and tease us always a step ahead of the reader. Pure pleasure.
Gone Girl is one of those books that manages to be a thrilling mystery as well as a searing comment on our media-driven, reality TV-obsessed society. When Amy Dunne goes missing from her home, the number one suspect is, of course, her husband, Nick. The compelling tale is told in the alternating voices of Amy and Nick, the first half of Amy's narration in the form of diary entries. Gone Girl is the story of a marriage gone horribly wrong, presented to us by characters that have very conflicting points of view, and is also a rarity in the fact that, as more light is shed on the mystery, the suspense only rachets up tighter and tighter until the book's heartstopping ending. If only Hitchcock were still around to film it!
Erikson, author of the Malazon Book of the Fallen series, takes us back to the beginning when Mother Dark reigned. Think of this as the Silmarillion for Malazon (he’ll probably hate me saying that). It’s in a different tone than Malazon, but the writing is just as stellar. If you haven’t read the Malazon series, I highly recommend it. It is far superior to Song of Fire and Ice (sorry GRRM fans)(And it’s done, so no waiting for the next book). This is the first in a trilogy.