The last two sentences of The Green Road are killer.
She was not sure how Enright was going to wrap everything up.
The mother is unchanged, from start to finish.
The kids say she is a horrible, narcissistic person.
Why don’t they give her credit for surviving, though. It is not easy, after all, to grow old.
Self had quite a lot vested in the fate of Hanna, but the novel ended and things with Hanna are just about as inconclusive as things are with the mother.
Self’s next book is The Lonely City: Adventures In the Art of Being Alone, by Olivia Laing.
She also wants to read Brazillionaires, by Alex Cuadros. It already has five holds in the San Mateo public library. If self wants to read it, she’ll have to buy herself a copy.
Two other books she’s interested in: The Crown’s Game, by Stanford alum Evelyn Skye, and Eve of a Hundred Midnights: The Star-Crossed Love Story of Two World War II Correspondents and Their Epic Escape Across the Pacific, by Bill Lascher.
Stanford Magazine said, about Skye’s novel: “Set in Imperial Russia, this historical fantasy follows two teenagers who wield magical skills in a competition to become the tsar’s adviser. Only one of them will win the prized position as Imperial Enchanter; the other will be put to death.”
Eve of a Hundred Midnights tells the story of two Stanford alums: Melville Jacoby and Annalee Whitmore (who both wrote for the Stanford Daily, as did self!) and how they were able to slip to safety during the Japanese invasion of the Philippines.
When someone asks what self’s favorite book (so far) of 2016 is, she immediately thinks of The Forever War, by Dexter Filkins, which she read in Fort Bragg. Also: The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins, which she read while she was driving around the central coast, earlier this summer.
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.