This is Landvik's best since "Patty Jane's House of Curl". It explores the lives of five women over a number of years. I think it does a nice job of revealing the intensity and love of close friendship among women.
Absolutely wonderful and engrossing novel about a woman dealing with a difficult, tragic childhood. Her memories become more vivid following a debilitating accident, after which she decides to find out truths that have been hidden from her. Lots of surprises.
An account of the horrendous drownings of the 5 Yates children by their mother, the events that led up to the event as well as the aftermath. If you had any doubt at all that Yates was mentally ill, you won't after reading this. I think that my one surprise was feeling more kindly disposed toward her husband Rusty, who was villified by the press at the time.
I saw a documentary on this, so was very interested to read the book. Very well-written, especially considering that there is almost no embellishment to the narrative to make it more readable. The book concerns the case of David Reimer, who lost his penis during infancy due to a botched circumcision, after which he was raised as a girl. Even more interesting is the fact that he had an identical twin brother. It was an experiment that failed miserably and caused David to have a horrible life. Though it ends on a somewhat optimistic note, the fact is that David committed suicide after the publication of this book.
Really liked this book, though maybe not quite as much as her first novel "Pretty Little Dirty". Was particularly enjoyable being a New Orleans ex-pat; she really captures the essence and strangeness of the city.
Very interesting look at the Japanese nightclub hostess scene, certainly a topic that I had no knowledge of prior to reading this. These women are basically modernized--though no less ritualized--geishas.
A heartbreaking memoir of addiction and the damage that it inflicts on a family. Perhaps lags a little at times, but in all, very good. I think any parent can feel much empathy for the narrator, and I would imagine it would really hit home for those parents living through the nightmare of an addicted child. It made me very, very grateful to have escaped that particular circle of hell in my own life.