The Preservationist – David Maine
Very interesting little book. It’s the story of the Flood, partially from Noah’s point of view but mostly from his family’s. His wife and three daughters-in-law are by far the most entertaining, especially when he sends the girls out to collect the animals while he and his sons work on the ark. The first half is full of laughs; the second half, while the increasingly fractious family is stuck on the ark with a bunch of animals whose stalls need to be mucked out all the time, is less so. The ending is strangely not what I had in mind, but it fits.
I adore this book. I’d listened to Weiner’s In Her Shoes on audio and didn’t really care for it, but now I’m wondering if it was abridged, because her voice is so precariously funny—and by that I mean teetering on the edge of despair—that a ham-handed edit could easily gut the book. Anyway, Good in Bed is the story of Cannie, a plus-sized woman who discovers, on the first page, that her ex-boyfriend has written a column about their relationship in excruciating, embarrassing, explicit detail. Each installment brings her a fresh round of self-doubt, not to mention humiliation. Meanwhile she’s trying to keep things going as an entertainment reporter for a Philadelphia newspaper, only the stars’ publicists aren’t cooperating. There’s a hilarious outing on a California beach with her favorite movie star. Oh, and then there’s her mother, the lesbian. I don’t want to give away too much; just read it.
Lisa Holcomb says
You must send me The Preservationist.
I did not love Good In Bed just about from moment I read that this woman who was considered enormous by everyone was just one measly size bigger than me (the size that I was two months ago, actually). That wasn’t my only issue with it though. I hated that the character just kept whining and going on and on about this obviously loser-ish ex-boyfriend. Got to the point that I was skipping over entire chunks of it just to be able to get to the fun bits with the superstar & the doctor.
sigh I hope Staying Dead is better. So far all I can say is that I like the font
I think she would have done better not to mention a size at all, and let the reader guess as to just how large Cannie is supposed to be.
The whining over the loser is tiresome, but I think it sets up the last third of the book well.
Forgot to add – my mom has The Preservationist right now.