Beginner in a book group
June 16th, 2010 by Regina Brett
Ok, so I finally joined a book group. We just finished reading "Atmospheric Disturbances" by Rivka Galchen. Critics called it a brainy, whimsical first novel.
It's about a psychiatrist who thinks his wife is an imposter. I'm not sure I understood most of it, but I enjoyed the writing. My favorite lines:
"In my neighborhood we had a name for people like you -- parsley."
"I've always thought of my mind as an unruly parliament, with a feeble leader, with crazy extremist factions."
And this, "Dogs offer more comfort than I do." Ouch. I used to date guys like that.
For next month, we're going to read a short story that was in the New Yorker called, "Extreme Solitude" by Jeffrey Eugenides. Here are a few choice lines:
"He buried people with his reading lists."
"Madeleine felt impoverished by her happy childhood."
And finally, "It was a brilliant strategy because it lacked all strategy."