I’m back on track with this quick weekend read!
Last week’s novel was The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles.
This book was something else. Prologue and epilogue take place in 1966, bracketing the novel bulk which takes place in 1938. Katey Kontent, flies through the year, meeting multitudes of strangers and having her life turn and turn in different directions.
This novel felt like a love letter to New York City. As the story unfolds we are never allowed to forget where we are. The streets are named, detailed, and locations lovingly depicted.
The story overall was quite interesting. A year in the life of a woman on the rise, and how people coming into her life change her course. There are so many literary references in this novel. Our main character is a lover of novels, and we hear about the novels time and time again. The theme, like the theme of New York City, sometimes seems heavy-handed, but also manage not to get in the way of the story.
The characters are dynamic and whole, feeling well-thought out and real. In a lot of ways, the novel reads almost like a memoir. Katy is endearing and understandable, and her narration feels honest and complete.
4 out of 5. I’m definitely thinking of picking up Eve in Hollywood, which follows one of the secondary characters to L.A.
On to this week!
This weeks novel is…
Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl.
That’s it for this Novel Monday. See you Friday!