“Over the ground lies a mantle of white,
a heaven of diamonds shine down through the night,
two hearts are thrillin’,
in spite of the chill in the weather…the wea-ther…”
I’m not sure my heart is thrillin’, but there’s a definite chill in our weather.
Winter wonderland indeed.
But today’s snowstorm is a wonderful excuse to stay indoors and read, an excuse i’m always pleased to take advantage of. and i have a new bookstack from which to choose. here’s what’s up:
Friend of My Youth, Alice Munroe, my February slection in the Short Story Challenge. This collection promises to offer some truly thought provoking characters and situations, as “men and women recall the events, the long-buried yearnings and dreams, the somtimes puzzling choices that made them what they now are.” Munroe is one of my favorite Canadian novelists, yet I’ve shied away from her short stories because – well, until now I’ve shied away from short stories in general. She is reputed to excel in this genre, hence my choice to add this collection to my challenge bookstack.
Interior, Lisa See, the first in a contemporary mystery series by the author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. Detective Liu Hulan and her lover, attorney David Stark, usually operate out of contemporary Beijing, but a child’s murder forces them into the “interior” of rural China, a place which “forces Hulan to face a past she has long been running from.” I came across this series purely by accident while browsing for something else. I read Snow Flower some time ago, and just recently read Peony in Love, See’s latest Chinese historical novel. I found them both somewhat difficult, although the Chinese setting and historical background was interesting. But I did enjoy See’s writing style, so I look forward to reading something set in the contemporary world.
The Enchanted April, Elizbeth von Arnim, which has been on my tbr list since seeing the movie several years ago. I was reminded of it by Litlove, whose mention of it in her excellent review of another of Arnim’s book sent me to my archives to search it out. Set in post WWI, the novel follows four very dissimilar women who vacation together in Tuscany, each one searching for ways to heal a fractured spirit.
Meanwhile, i’m drawing to the close of Claire Tomalin’s Austen biography, which has been delightful to read, particularly as an accompaniment to the Masterpiece series on public televsion. (Although i must admit to some disappointment in last week’s production of Mansfield Park, which seemed to fall flat after the sparkling Northanger Abbey.)
These should keep me busy today, don’t you think?