Book 76 of 80
This was a recommendation from my co-worker Kathy. It takes place both in the Dominican Republic AND the United States — but I’ve had books set in dual locations before, so I’m going with it. It’s a book I’ve looked at for a while now and contemplated reading…but this recommendation was a good little push in the right direction.
So, we’re leaving South America behind and venturing a short distance across the Caribbean Sea to the Dominican Republic for The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Yes, it won the Pulitzer and so there is major critical acclaim behind this book — although from the book jacket, the premise sounds more like what I pitch to my kids for YA literature circles instead of bona-fide literary fiction; so, I feel like I’m in for a treat. The thing I worry about is the constant “get a Spanish to English dictionary” suggestions that I keep seeing everywhere. Meh. Oh well…I can always ask my students to help me if I feel like the language is getting in the way.
With the holiday season in full swing and grades due for my classes on Monday, I am not feeling motivated to start this new book. I tried to read a bit last night and fell asleep on the couch. I know I have a bit of leeway now…but it’s starting to look like I’m gonna let my book club ladies down and arrive to our holiday brunch on Sunday without having read After the Flood — the first time in an entire year that I’ve done that (okay, okay, I only read part of Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang (we’re a non-discriminating group of ladies when we pick our books — don’t judge), but that was for an entirely different reason). Sucks because Atwood was my recommendation too.