Novels for April
From Courier and Press:
The Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library system has declared 2006 the Year of the Reader. Each month the library is focusing on a variety of well-known authors - adult, young adult and juvenile - with bookmarks and displays of their books at all library locations.
Authors for April include Charlotte Bronte, the revered author of "Jane Eyre," the penultimate gothic romance. A new novel titled "The Bronte Project" caught my eye and turned out to be so good that I ended up on a fiction kick.
"The Bronte Project: A Novel of Passion, Desire, and Good PR" by Jennifer Vandever (Shaye Areheart Books, 2005).
Abandoned by her fiance and overshadowed in academia by a woman with a talent for self-promotion, a mild-mannered Bronte scholar finds herself beginning to question everything from her love life to her life's work. My take: Funny sendup of academia by a first-time novelist and screenwriter with talent.
One of her other recent favourites is a book by an author I will probably meet eventually before I move on to grad school. I have heard her name dropped a dozen times, but she has so far eluded me. As an aside, one of Canada's finest writers has an opposite relationship to myself: I admire him as the writer of the best Canadian fiction I have ever come across, and I have seen him very often. I have even spoken to him, but won't say a word about his writing. He somehow manages to always be heading for the door the exact moment I am, and I am always the one to get there first, and hold it open for him. He thanks me, etc. This is all. It amuses me, but then small things do.
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Novels for April