Liiiife Is a Hiiiighway, I Wanna Riiiide It (All Night Long) - Where's B?
I am here but also not REALLY here. What a sleight of hand, you say. See I scheduled this post for today so actually I am highway driving in Nova Scotia, screaming Tom Cochrane lyrics at the top of my lungs, sauced on 10 kinds of illegal substances, having the time of my life. This is likely mostly true, except for the part where I am a neurotic square and so am probably completely sober, hands at the ten and two position on the wheel, constantly checking my blind spots. I have left you with this cow to stare you down. I don't think he likes you very much, truth be told.
Anyway, this isn't the only goody in the bag. I'm participating in the excellent TLC Book Tours' tour for Carlene Bauer's Not That Kind Of Girl so you'll see my review pop up for that on Monday, Aug 2.
Otherwise, I'll be back mid-next week. Here's a taste of what I'm bringing to Nova Scotia to read (the first is for EYE WEEKLY's Pop Fiction book club, the second for my regular book club):
Annabel (Kathleen Winter, HC 2010): In 1968, into the beautiful, spare environment of remote coastal Labrador, a mysterious child is born: a baby who appears to be neither fully boy nor girl, but both at once. Only three people are privy to the secret -- the baby's parents, Jacinta and Treadway, and a trusted neighbour, Thomasina. Together the adults make a difficult decision: to raise the child as a boy named Wayne. But as Wayne grows to adulthood within the hyper-masculine hunting culture of his father, his shadow-self -- a girl he thinks of as Annabel -- is never entirely extinguished, and indeed is secretly nurtured by the women in his life.
Galore(Michael Crummey, PB 2010): An intricate family saga and love story spanning two centuries, Galore is a portrait of the improbable medieval world that was rural Newfoundland, a place almost too harrowing and extravagant to be real. Remote and isolated, exposed to savage extremes of climate and fate, the people of Paradise Deep persist in a realm where the line between the everyday and the otherworldly is impossible to distinguish.
Propelled by the disputes and alliances, grievances and trade-offs that bind the Sellers and Devine families through generations, Galore is alive with singular characters, and an uncommon insight into the complexities of human nature.