Friday, October 5, 2012

Inner Beauty Friday - Book Club


It's Book Club Friday again yea!  Click on the link below to check out all the reviews.

This week I read The Quickening by Michelle Hoover.

Here is the synopsis from
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          Enidina Current and Mary Morrow live on neighboring farms in the flat, hard country of the upper Midwest during the early 1900s. This hardscrabble life comes easily to some, like Eddie, who has never wanted more than the land she works and the animals she raises on it with her husband, Frank. But for the deeply religious Mary, farming is an awkward living and at odds with her more cosmopolitan inclinations. Still, Mary creates a clean and orderly home life for her stormy husband, Jack, and her sons, while she adapts to the isolation of a rural town through the inspiration of a local preacher. She is the first to befriend Eddie in a relationship that will prove as rugged as the ground they walk on. Despite having little in common, Eddie and Mary need one another for survival and companionship. But as the Great Depression threatens, the delicate balance of their reliance on one another tips, pitting neighbor against neighbor, exposing the dark secrets they hide from one another, and triggering a series of disquieting events that threaten to unravel not only their friendship but their families as well.
My thoughts: Good premise but...I hate when a book is so vague, wordy and fluttery that you aren't actually really sure what actually happened. The author uses a lot of vague imagery "The moon fell on our family that night. Wheat bent it's head in sorrow." to put the story together. So you are left thinking - "That's beautiful and all, but what the heck happened here?" I'd like to think that I'm good at interpreting.  I can handle some literary gymnastics, and I found this book murky and vague. I didn't really get a sense of finality out of this book.

I'm currently reading "The Birth House" and so far, so good!


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