I have been having a great time reading while social distancing. I hope you are, too. Here are a couple of books I’ve read since I’ve been home and I think they are worth a look.
The first is a brand new book, A Good Neighborhood, by Therese Anne Fowler.
It’s the story of an American neighborhood that’s going through gentrification. It touches on themes such as racism, class differences, and environmentalism. The major conflict starts over a historic oak tree.
In an interview, Fowler talked about why she wrote this type of story. “In many ways, this novel is a response story. The tradition of response stories is that other works provoke them, but in this case, I was provoked by my distress over the direction our country is moving. Storytelling has many purposes, one of which is to inspire–I mean, look at The Handmaid’s Tale for one powerful example. Storytelling as activism. I can’t think of a better use for my time right now.”
An oldie but goodie is Abide with Me by Elizabeth Strout, author of the Olive Kitteridge books. This book is set in New England in the 1950’s. It is the story of a minister dealing with personal loss. His life is intertwined with many other characters who could be the subjects of books themselves. Both books are — or will be in the near future — available at the library.
I have been ordering books all along from home and there will be a lot for you to catch up on when we open our doors again!