First Ayad Akhtar: HOMELAND ELEGIES

Reading a book is something like going on a blind date: you don’t know if it’ll be a hit or a miss. It’s not you, I promise. You begin with hope.

Abundance, for some reason, did not work out.

Self is starting Homeland Elegies, which opens with a timeline which gives much prominence to various “encounters with Trump” and includes “diagnosed with syphilis” (2015).

Opening sentence:

  • My father first met Donald Trump in the early 90s, when they were both in their midforties — my father the elder by a year — and as each was coming out from under virtual financial ruin.

Well, you certainly got self’s attention, Mr. Akhbar.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Abundance: Henry Tries

To drive this wholesome image home, he tousles Junior’s hair. It’s stiff with grease and an odor follows, as if the rustle has released spores of unwashed scalp into the stale air of the truck cab.

— Chapter $77.41, Abundance

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