Just kidding. I totally forgot about this thing.
So like the still-newly-minted college graduate that I am, I'm going to pick up where I left off, only under a completely new title and following a slightly different format. Come along for the ride!
This feature will highlight what might be generously called my compulsive book buying habit, aided and abetted by Flyleaf's employee discount and my obstinate belief that toppling piles of book can really make a house feel like a home. My guests should either agree or leave me alone with my cats and books, where I am very happy thank-you-very-much.
Published: Tin House Books, 08/01/2013
I first caught wind of The Virgins via Twitter. Author Leigh Stein, who did a fantastic reading at the store several months ago, had posted a link to her review for the Los Angeles Review of Books (worth a read, if you're hunkering down with the internet for a minute or two). I read the piece, remembered how much I liked Stein's prose, noticed the understated and aptly-designed cover, and filed the title away under "I should check that out sometime." When it came time to shelve the paperback this morning, I decided to take it home. The plot centers on two young lovers at an elite Northeastern boarding school, and Stein's review clued me in to the fact that its narration takes an unconventional tact. We learn about protagonists Aviva and Seung through the perspective of privileged, indecisive Bruce, whose feelings towards Aviva waver between disgust and borderline obsession. This roundabout delivery -- mostly speculative -- seemed to bother Stein a little bit, but I'm trying it for the Salter comparison and the evocation of bougie boarding school politics, a world I can only access through fiction.
Published: Harper Perennial, 03/01/2003
Published: Starscape, 09/25/2012
That's it for now. Check back soon -- I'll try to keep the habit at bay until next week.