Monday, June 11, 2012

Literary Monday - June 11, 2012

I finished two fiction titles recently:

The imperfectionists by Tom Racculia - I'm still not sure if I liked this book.  It is a series of short story-type chapters that form a narrative (similar to Olive Kitteridge or The Civilized World) that focus on a group of people who have a connection to an international newspaper based in Rome.  One character is a stringer in Paris, another is a free-lance writer in Cairo, other characters work at the newspaper or are readers.  There are also sections between the chapters about the founding and history of the newspaper, bringing it up to the present day and struggles that many newspapers are experiencing with the rise of the Internet and other news sources.  If you are more interested in reporters than I am, you'll probably enjoy it.

Mason's retreat by Christopher Tilghman - Set in the 1930's, this historical fiction centers around an American family returning to the USA after living in England for many years.  The wife and sons love living in rural Baltimore on the family estate, the husband (whose family the estate belongs to) hates it.  Good characters and situations.  Tilghman has another historical about the same family coming out this summer, The Right-Hand Shore, that is receiving publicity and good reviews - I think it's a prequel.

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