Monday, June 30, 2008

2008 books 93 and 94

Francine Prose's Goldengrove
Prose, author of A Changed Man (about a neo-Nazi who claims to be reformed and wants to work for an organization founded by a Holocaust survivor) takes a really different tack with her new novel. It's about a young girl who's older sister suddenly dies one summer. It's really moving, though the ending felt a little rushed. A-.

Deborah Copaken Kogan's Between Here and April
I had mixed feelings about this book--which centers on a journalist who suddenly remembers the disappearance of her best friend when they were six and investigates the story--though it did come together for me toward the end. The subject matter is even darker than Goldengrove, as it deals with depressed mothers hurting their children in various ways. B/B+.

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