Reading Frenzy

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

currrent reading

Love and Other Impossible Pursuits by Ayelet Waldman

Emelia Greenleaf is not always the most likable character. After all, she was the other woman (even though it was a bad marriage), she finds her stepson irritating (he is), and she's depressed after the loss of her infant daughter (who wouldn't be?). But I thought the writer developed interesting and imperfect characters who stumbled, fell, and picked themselves up and were better for the process. It's a pretty acurate view of this strata of New York professionals and a love letter to Manhattan and Central Park. I loved it......and interesting enough, reader reviews range from loved it to hated it on Amazon, and not many in the middle.

Apparently Waldman ruffled a lot of mommy feathers when she wrote in a Salon column that she'd put her husband first over her children--author Michael Chabon--and that she worries how women make kids the center of their universe and freeze out their husbands. Maybe some of those mommies are taking a crack at her through their reviews--and maybe not--maybe they just didn't like it.

Check it out for yourself. As for me, I've just started one of her mommy track mysteries. Witty and fun is my first impression.


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