Wednesday, April 07, 2010

2010 book 92

Sorry for the lack of updates--I've been busy celebrating my birthday this week!

Lisa Grunwald's The Irresistible Henry House
When I was describing the plot of the first half of this book to a friend--it's about a baby boy who's part of a program where orphans spent the first two years of their life being practice babies for a college's home ec department, which apparently was a real thing for a big chunk of the 20th century--and he said it sounded very John Irving-esque (which was my first reaction as well). The John Irving-ness dissipates a bit as the practice baby grows into a surly teenager and the story bogs down a bit, but his involvement with 60s pop culture is pretty entertaining and on the whole, it's a great character study. A-.

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