And I've discovered a new favorite author, Elizabeth Strout. On my colleague's recommendation I read the new Pultizer Prize winner, Olive Kittredge (Book 23), followed quickly by her previous novel, Abide With Me (Book 25). Strout's books are set in Maine, and the people she writes about are uncannily like my husband's people. I'll be reviewing Abide With Me for RevGalBlogPals later this month, so I'll limit my remarks here to Olive Kittredge. This collection of short stories creates a three-dimensional portrait of a woman living in her late 60s and early 70s, with flashes of memory to earlier times in her life and the lives of those around her. It reminds me, as a person and a pastor, that we may see only one facet of a person and forget there is more. This is particularly true when we don't like that person! I highly recommend this book.
I've got two other books going already and look forward to starting a third, about quilting and the Underground Railroad. You can find them in the sidebar!