Here are brief descriptions of three books I just finished reading:
Heroic Measures by Jill Ciment. This is a little slice of life about an older married couple who live in New York City when their pet dachshund ends up in a veterinary hospital. Well done.
Abide with Me by Elizabeth Strout. Strout is the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction for her stunning novel-told-in-stories Olive Kitteridge. Strout also wrote Amy and Isabelle (another gem) and Abide with Me, which I don’t feel is nearly as strong as her other work. This novel tells the story of a very kind (bordering on ’spineless’) minister in a small New England town who recently lost his wife and struggles to bring up his kids.
The Animal Girl by John Fulton. This is a book of novellas and short stories that blew me away. First, I must say, John happens to be a neighbor of mine, here in Jamaica Plain, Mass. But that fact did not influence my feelings about his work. John’s writing is flawless and his storytelling intense, amazing. The characters are truly unforgettable, especially Leah who is The Animal Girl, a disturbed 17-year-old who spends her summer caring for the lab animals and making all kinds of trouble.