Michael Callahan’s new novel Searching for Grace Kelly follows the lives of three unlikely friends in 1950’s New York City attempting to navigate romance, friendships and all the challenges in between. Laura, Dolly and Vivian encounter very different types of men, turning their ambitions, goals and life perspectives on end.
The fourth of Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon fiction, Inferno follows Langdon on an adventure that takes him from Florence to Venice. However, this time, instead of just figuring out riddles left behind by a crazy scientist, Langdon must also put together the pieces of 36 hours of lost memory. Centering around the tales of Dante’s epic poem Inferno, Langdon must once again save the world from impending doom.
My favorite part of this Langdon adventure is he doesn’t immediately have all the answers. While loyalty and trust are always themes in Brown’s novels, this one is unique in Langdon interacting with people he has no recollection meeting. His puzzle pieces consist primarily of what he’s being told by those around him. The twist at the end is superb!
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain is a historical fiction about the marriage of Ernest and Hadley Hemingway. The story starts at their first encounter and ends their journey at their last parting. Told from Hadley’s perspective, the reader gets to experience a classic, sweeping romance. The story is only that much more intriguing if you know how it ends from the beginning.
I can’t remember the last time I couldn’t put a book down like this. I was sneaking reads on my breaks and taking the book every where with me. Knowing that Hadley was Hemingway’s first wife made the book all that more intriguing because I was constantly waiting for her breaking point. McLain did extensive research on the Hemingway’s and it truly showed in her writing, which was colorful and engaging.
As a woman of my generation, I didn’t necessarily find Hadley to be relatable but, simply, interesting. I found her thought process to be frustrating, though incredibly historically accurate. Being of an empowered generation, it is sometimes difficult to look back and relate to the behaviors and thoughts of women before me. However, I have a deep appreciation for that, despite her time, Hadley still stood up for herself and her happiness in the end. By the end of the novel, I found I had a great affection for her. Team Hadley!
I highly recommend this book. It’s a great beach read AND a cozy by the fire book. Check it out.
Now I understand.
Now I understand why Ernest Hemingway is considered one of the great American authors.
The Sun Also Rises is beautiful illustrative of the Lost Generation and the morality shifts of a post-World War I world. Though I still struggle with Hemingway’s rambling prose, I enjoyed this allusion to key character points and use of bullfighting as a powerful symbol. Not going to lie, there were enough layers to this book that I had to pull up Sparknotes to make sure I didn’t miss anything.
Outside of being an awesome piece of literature, the story is entertaining. Who doesn’t love a good love triangle and fist fight?! The main character Jake is wonderfully tragic and you truly do root for him.
As much as I would like to give a properly analysis to this American classic, my reaction can be summed up best by this scene from Silver Linings Playbook. *Spoiler Alert: He gives away the ending.*
Hemingway’s writing style was new and different for me. My mind took a while to adjust to the cadence and context of conversations versus thoughts. One minute you’re in Henry’s mind. The next you’re reading dialogue – without the punctuation. It was odd, but by mid-book I really enjoyed it. Get it here.
I’m making my way on to The Sun Also Rises, which I’ve heard is a completely different feel. We’ll see if I want to throw that book out the window as well.