#amreading House of Sand and Fog, p. 129

Progress. Self is almost halfway through this novel.

Her next book will be Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood.

It was her sister who made her watch the film version. She remembers certain things:

  • Robert Blake was in it.
  • The murder is seen in shadow, but self was terrified. Especially because in one of the shadowy murders, the victim is shown jerking in fear. To this day, self is haunted by the image.

It is likely this is the book she will be reading on Christmas Day. Why?

Her current reading, House of Sand and Fog, is so beautiful. She read reviews on the web and SOMETHING TERRIBLE IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO SOMEONE. Because the readers refer to it as a “tragedy.”

If self were to take a guess, it would be the lovelorn cop, Lester.

He’s just left his wife for a homeless woman named Kathy (In the film, she is played by Jennifer Connelly, so that is who I keep seeing as I read. In one scene, she is described by the Iranian man who has her house as using too much makeup, which comes as a surprise because whenever the novel is in Kathy’s point of view, she seems so distraught — too distraught, surely, to think of such things as putting on make-up?)

Les to Kathy: You’re a complicated woman, aren’t you?

Kathy: Nope, I think I’m a simple woman, actually. I’m just good at complicating things.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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