By any and all measures, our family trip to the Carribean was a smashing success. And I read two books!
A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton: I chose this 1995 paperback because it was a an Oprah Book Club selection — and I’ve almost always been pleased with her choices. It starts with a terrible tragedy that got me thinking about the limits of friendship. If your toddler died an accidental (though preventable) death while under the care of your best friend, could your friendship survive? The book actually gets sadder from here. But in the end, all the sadness just made me grateful for my blessed life.
Next I read How to be Good by Nick Hornby. I’d read About a Boy and enjoyed it, so another Hornby novel seemed like a good choice. What struck me about this book was that the male author wrote in the voice of a woman. All in all, I think he pulled it off … except for some of the “marital intimacy” scenes… which didn’t seem quite right-on for me. Did I say that discretely enough?