Family And Other Accidents
This book has been receivng fabulous reviews and I was super excited to read it. As soon as it arrived in the mail, I clawed at the packaging like a savage, settling down with a cup of tea and my new book, under a soft blanket on the couch with the dogs at my feet. Heaven on earth! I love getting wrapped up in a novel, being taken away to a different time or family or way of life.
There is no doubt that Shari Goldhagen is a gifted author. She is the kind of writer I aspire to be, weaving subtle nuances and keen observations together to make a very well written story. She details the lives of brothers Jack and Connor and as the novel progresses, their wives and children. The brothers bond, they fight, they have their own issues and troubles and life goes marching by as it always does. Shari is clever and skillful with words and this debut novel has received stellar ratings. But... I couldn't get into it, I didn't love it, I didn't call all my friends and say, "YOU MUST READ IT!" as I've done many times in the past.
My interest waned halfway through and I put the book on the table next to my bed and did not pick it up again. Instead I moved on to something new.
I have to be in a certain mood for a certain type of book. From time to time I want a light chick-lit book for entertainment. Other times, I want a good memoir. In between I might fancy a mystery novel or dig into a family saga. So while Shari's book is loved by every other person who has read it, I simply didn't dig it. Maybe you will begin page one and not be able to put it down until you flip to the very last page. If that's the case, let me know. Tell me what you think.